Since the opening of Revival Food Hall (125 S. Clark Street in the Loop) earlier this year, Chicago has been abuzz with talk about this quirky food hall and the restaurateurs who take part in it. A visit gets you some of the great food experiences the city has to offer without leaving the hub of downtown. We've got inspiration aimed straight for your stomach with a list of the Revival Food Hall vendors at a glance, plus some insider tips and cheap-eats suggestions.
With a mission to provide responsibly sourced seafood, cooked fresh on site, Brown Bag Seafood Co. is a dream in a city that doesn't have a whole lot of seafood options to pick from (when compared to seaside cities such as Boston, that is).
- $7.99* Fancy Fish Sticks: Sustainably-Caught Hawaiian Wahoo, Lightly Battered, Served with Tartar
Started from the bottom, now they're here. The Fat Shallot is a Chicago-favorite food truck that's found a permanent residence in Revival Food Hall. Their indulgent sandwiches are the perfect comfort food to get you through a long day.
- $7 Grilled Cheese: Muenster Cheese, Sourdough, Sautéed Spinach, Caramelized Onions
Smoque BBQ offers "Chicago" style barbecued meats and sauces—you'd better come hungry. And if you're wise, you'll plan your visit on a day that you don't have a busy afternoon of meetings to follow!
- Pro tip . . . Jump in line at 11 a.m. or in the late afternoon after 1:30 p.m. to beat the lunch rush.
The Budlong's mild chicken is probably the spiciest fried chicken I've ever had. So check it out if you're a spice lover, or pass it up if you can't handle the heat.
- Pro tip . . . Get it while it's (Nashville) hot! The Budlong is the pop-up stall, which means it will only be on site for three months before rotating. Currently the Budlong cranks out over 400 of their famous sandwiches per day—that's 800 chickens!
Poke is all the rage, and before Aloha Poke Co opened in Revival Food Hall, options for indulging in this treat were limited, and often involved long lines. If you work in (or are visiting) the area, you can strategically time your visit to enjoy poke without the wait!
- $7.50 Little Salmon Volcano: Marinated Salmon, Rice, Seaweed, Edamame, Jalapeño, Ginger, Tobiko, Volcano Sauce
Liquid lunch? . . . No, that's not what I meant! Harvest Juicery has all sorts of healthy, cold-pressed juices and snacks to choose from if you're trying to make smart choices.
Antique Taco might just be the place to bring coworkers or friends after your 9–5. Their tacos are good, but their margaritas are amazing.
- Pro tip . . . Revival Food Hall is the only place you can get Antique's breakfast offerings. Those in-the-know order the long-time Antique favorite—the pork carnitas tacos—by way of the chilaquiles in the AM hours.
If you stick around for dessert (or have a sweet tooth for lunch!), you could do a lot worse than Black Dog Gelato. They have the classics and well as some unique flavors you won't find anywhere else.
Chicago is a melting pot of our nation's favorite, pizza. If you haven't had Detroit-style pizza, go to Union Squared at Revival Food Hall for the chance to check it off your pizza-to-eat list.
- $8 Quattro Formaggi Pizza (1/4): Mozzarella, Brick Cheese, Fontina and Parmesan.
Graze Kitchenette offers burgers and bowls—for breakfast or lunch. This girl is a fan of the refreshing acai bowls.
- $8 Graze Burger: Brioche Bun, Grass-Fed Beef, Cheddar, Pickles, Tomato, Grilled Onion, Dijonnaise
- $9.95 Vegetable Ramen: Veggie Broth, Miso, Roasted Garlic, Cabbage, Kikurage (mushrooms), Bean Sprouts
Farmer's Fridge makes eating healthy taste amazing. The inspiration behind this innovative company was that of convenience, reflected in their salad vending machines all over the city. Try some of their new menu items you won't find in their stand-alone kiosks!
- $7 'Chicago Style' Avocado Toast: Shaved Vegetable Giardiniera, Celery Salt
The ruling restaurant behind Danke (Table, Donkey and Stick) is a Michelin Bib Gourmand choice for 2016. Danke appeals most to a refined palette with their pâtés and other gourmet offerings
- $7.50 BratWurst: Beer Braised Radler Knockwurst, Onion, Dijon Mustard, Pretzel Bits, House Baguette
+ BONUS: Curbside Books & Records
You won't find any tasty treats here, but there are plenty to choose from at Revival Food Hall. Instead, Curbside Books & Records features books and records from indie creators you might not find elsewhere.
FOOD HALL DINE-AROUND: A Lunch Trio
With all the different restaurants, there are so many ways to mix-and-match a great meal. Here's just one way to get a taste from three different counters, total less than $20.
- $9 Combo (3 options to pick from can be toast/side/salad) from Farmer's Fridge
- $6.95 Smoked Meat Sandwich from Smoque BBQ
- $2 Hawaiian Punch Slushie from Aloha Poke Co
If you've been to Revival Food Hall, what restaurants have you checked out so far? If you're dying to go, what are you most excited to try? Let us know in the comments below! *Note all prices above subject to change.