This restaurant and bar in Chicago’s Near West Side is known for its wood-fired Argentinean American food & South American inspired cocktails. Veggies and meats are locally sourced into unique dishes including Veal Sweetbreads and Braised Lamb Ribs.
There are plenty of options for vegetarians as well, including Herbed Parisian Gnocchi, Creamed Kale and Japanese Sweet Potatoes. The swanky decor adds to the appeal.
El Che Bar | 845 W. Washington Boulevard | 312-265-1130
Eden serves up New American fare with creative Mediterranean influence. Dishes such Portuguese Spiced Chicken and Hominy-Legume Stew are composed of fresh and flavorful ingredients.
Produce comes from the restaurant’s on-site greenhouse! Pair your entrée with a craft cocktail and Umami Doughnuts. They also have a wonderful event space that’s perfect for a rehearsal dinner or company luncheon. Located near the United Center.
Eden | 1748 W. Lake Street | 312-366-2294
Café Robey is located inside a chic Wicker Park hotel, The Robey. The restaurant is at street level and serves French-American breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indulgent seafood dishes, house-made pasta, and classics such as Steak Frites make up this menu. Sides are big enough to share, and the Cheesecake is a favorite for dessert.
There’s a special brunch menu on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that includes Smoked Salmon Benedict.
Café Robey | 2018 W. North Avenue | 872-315-3084
The recently opened Kitsune on Lincoln Avenue is a Japanese ramen restaurant with Midwest influence. Ramen truly is the perfect hearty dish for winter in Chicago.
Plates are meant to be shared, and there is a full bar with sake cocktails. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers, and the restaurant’s main focus is on sustainability. Try the House Pickle Plate, Ramen with Pork Belly and Steamed Wild Rice. They have a Vegan Ramen too.
Kitsune | 4229 N. Lincoln Avenue | firstname.lastname@example.org
Temporis is a high-end spot in West Town that opened its doors in early January. Come hungry to indulge in an eight-course New American tasting menu ($110). Food is paired with wine and cocktails in a sleek, modern space.
There’s only enough seating for 20, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time—or that memorable meal on a special occasion.
Temporis | 933 N. Ashland Avenue | 773-697-4961
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