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Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants
Grace is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

1. Grace

652 W Randolph St (at W Couch Pl), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Loop · 41 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Luxurious dining at its finest; chef Curtis Duffy is a master of precision and refinement, and his multicourse meals (one flora, one fauna) progress so naturally it’s like having a conversation. Read more.

Topolobampo is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

2. Topolobampo

7.9
445 N Clark St (Illinois), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · River North · 27 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Topolobampo and chef Rick Bayless deserve kudos not only for raising the bar on Mexican cuisine, but also for refusing to rest on their considerable laurels. Read more.

Momotaro is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

3. Momotaro

8.7
820 W Lake St (at Green St), Chicago, IL
Japanese Restaurant · Fulton Market · 93 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: As good as the sushi is here, chef Mark Hellyar’s prepared plates, including rich and bold sukiyaki, terrific robata-grill snacks and the signature Momotaro tartare are what will blow your mind. Read more.

Blackbird is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

4. Blackbird

619 W Randolph St (at N Desplaines St.), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Loop · 127 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Whether one opts for the a la carte menu or the monthly tasting (10 or so courses for about $125), the experience will be superb. Read more.

Oriole is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

5. Oriole

9.0
661 W. Walnut St., Chicago, IL
Restaurant · Fulton River District · 15 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The focus belongs on Sandoval's simple-looking but complex plates, and the way each course segues seamlessly to the next. An extraordinary dining experience, and a remarkable debut. Read more.

Elizabeth Restaurant is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

6. Elizabeth Restaurant

7.8
4835 N Western Ave (Gunnison), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Ravenswood · 15 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Iliana Regan, the Queen of the Forest Floor, turns her frequent foraging trips into masterful menu progressions. Read more.

Boka is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

7. Boka

9.0
1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Lincoln Park · 98 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The flagship restaurant in the Boka Restaurant Group combines Lee Wolen's approachable yet astonishing savory dishes with Meg Galus' imaginative and delicious pastries. Read more.

Acadia is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

8. Acadia

1639 S Wabash Ave (btwn E 16th St & E 18th St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · South Loop · 53 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Too often overlooked for its less-than-picturesque exterior and South Loop location, Ryan McCaskey’s restaurant is a four-year-old gem that can hold its own with just about any restaurant in town. Read more.

Naha is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

9. Naha

500 N Clark St (at W. Illinois St.), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · River North · 65 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: It’s customary for guests at four-star restaurants to relinquish control of the evening to the chef, but Carrie Nahabedian much prefers to engage her guests in the process from the very beginning. Read more.

Spiaggia is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

10. Spiaggia

980 N Michigan Ave (at Oak St), Chicago, IL
Italian Restaurant · Streeterville · 70 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The restaurant offers tasting menus ($95 and $160), but a la carte selections, available in the lounge, will give you a sense of the experience. Read more.

Everest is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

11. Everest

425 S. Financial Pl., 40th Fl, Chicago, IL
French Restaurant · The Loop · 32 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Glorious city views and bronze Soldini sculptures (one per table) still aren’t as eye-catching as some of Joho’s plates. One of Chicago’s treasures. Read more.

Leña Brava is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

12. Leña Brava

8.5
900 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Fulton Market · 34 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Rick Bayless' newest effort focuses on Mexico's Baja California Norte, a region whose cuisine is largely seafood based, with a reliance on open-fire cooking. Read more.

Roister is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

13. Roister

8.6
951 W Fulton Market (Morgan), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Fulton Market · 37 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: A messy, brash, noisy and primal restaurant where an open hearth fuels most of the cooking and plate presentation only occasionally catches chef Andrew Brochu's attention. Read more.

Parachute is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

14. Parachute

8.6
3500 N Elston Ave (Troy), Chicago, IL
Korean Restaurant · Northwest Side · 64 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Inventiveness, affordable and fun converge in Avondale, where chef-couple Johnny Clark and Beverly Kim combine Asian ingredients and contemporary cooking into food that is uniquely their own. Read more.

The Blanchard is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

15. The Blanchard

8.1
1935 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
French Restaurant · Old Town Triangle · 4 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: The best restaurant to open in 2015 is this Lincoln Park gem, chef Jason Paskewitz' unapologetic homage to classic French cuisine, abetted by a smoothly professional service staff. Read more.

Fat Rice is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

16. Fat Rice

2957 W Diversey Ave (at N Sacramento Ave), Chicago, IL
Asian Restaurant · Logan Square · 102 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: It’s noisy. It’s crowded. You sit with strangers, contemplating the unfamiliar, while servers gently guide you through Abraham Conlon’s lively, Macau-inspired dishes. Read more.

North Pond is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

17. North Pond

8.6
2610 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Lincoln Park · 40 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: This beautiful, middle-of-Lincoln-Park oasis has such a superb location and so cool an interior, I sometimes forget how good Bruce Sherman’s food is. Read more.

Girl & The Goat is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

18. Girl & The Goat

9.1
809 W Randolph St (at Halsted St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Town · 549 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: [Stephanie Izard's] deftly balanced flavors are wonderful to behold, but her true genius is the way she can get customers to try unusual foods, and love them. Read more.

Big Jones is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

19. Big Jones

8.5
5347 N Clark St (btwn W Summerdale Ave & W Balmoral Ave), Chicago, IL
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Andersonville · 139 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: This Andersonville restaurant would be worth putting on this list for its fried chicken alone, but Big Jones has so much more going on. Read more.

Next is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

20. Next

8.4
953 W Fulton Market (at Morgan St.), Chicago, IL
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant · Fulton Market · 55 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Chicago's theme-changing restaurant is now in the hands of the under-30 Jenner Tomaska, who replaces LA-bound Dave Beran (for whom Tomaska was sous-chef). Read more.

Monteverde is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

21. Monteverde

9.0
1020 West Madison Street (Carpenter Street), Chicago, IL
Italian Restaurant · Near West Side · 43 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: This casual, affordable restaurant is perfect for the neighborhood, and her pastas (traditional and creative) are joyful and delicious. Read more.

Duck Duck Goat is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

22. Duck Duck Goat

9.0
857 W Fulton Market (at Peoria St), Chicago, IL
Chinese Restaurant · Fulton Market · 85 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: What started as a one-night pop-up dinner became Stephanie Izard’s third restaurant as part of the Boka Group, where Chinese flavors and techniques are reverently, if not strictly, employed. Read more.

Swift & Sons is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

23. Swift & Sons

8.9
1000 W Fulton Market (at Morgan St), Chicago, IL
Steakhouse · Fulton Market · 30 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: 2015 was the year of the chef-driven steakhouse, and this Market District gem, featuring chef Chris Pandel and pastry chef Meg Galus, is one of the prime examples. Read more.

Nico Osteria is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

24. Nico Osteria

8.4
1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL
Italian Restaurant · Gold Coast · 87 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Chef Erling Wu-Bower’s menu is rustic Italian, which doesn’t prevent him from using Hawaiian madai or Dungeness crab as the market permits. Read more.

Frontera Grill is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

25. Frontera Grill

8.7
445 N Clark St (btwn Illinois St & Hubbard St), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · River North · 257 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Rick Bayless took Chicago’s enchiladas-and-tacos Mexican dining scene and showed us a better way, one that celebrated regional authenticity and sustainably and ethically raised ingredients. Read more.

Bistronomic is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

26. Bistronomic

7.5
840 N Wabash Ave (at E Pearson St), Chicago, IL
French Restaurant · Near North Side · 39 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: I don't think there's anything that chef Martial Noguier doesn't do well. Noguier started his career as a pastry chef, so don’t skip that course. Read more.

Sepia is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

27. Sepia

8.3
123 N Jefferson St (btwn W Washington St & W Randolph St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Loop · 63 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Andrew Zimmerman is barely a blip on the celebrity-chef radar, perhaps, but he’s a familiar name where it counts: in the industry. Read more.

Mfk. is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

28. Mfk.

8.7
432 W Diversey Pkwy (N Sheridan Rd), Chicago, IL
Seafood Restaurant · Lake View East · 22 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: With a plate of boquerones (cured white anchovies on grilled bread) and a glass of txakolina in hand, you might think you feel sand between your toes. Read more.

EL Ideas is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

29. EL Ideas

8.4
2419 W 14th St (at Western Ave), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Douglas Park · 34 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Chef/owner Phillip Foss will go so far as to instruct diners to lick their plates clean (I did this once), but it’s all about breaking down walls and making seriously creative food fun to eat. Read more.

GT Fish and Oyster is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

30. GT Fish and Oyster

8.9
531 N Wells St (at Grand Ave), Chicago, IL
Seafood Restaurant · River North · 195 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: For a city with no seashore, Chicago is a hell of an oyster town, and there's no better place to find them than at Giuseppe Tentori's spiffy nautical getaway in River North. Read more.

Salero is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

31. Salero

621 W Randolph St (at Des Plaines), Chicago, IL
Spanish Restaurant · West Loop · 20 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: I went with Salero because the cooking is more ambitious, the Spanish menu (“Midwest inspired by Spain” is how Aubin puts it) is more of the moment, and I love the space. Read more.

A10 is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

32. A10

1462 E 53rd St (at S Harper Ave), Chicago, IL
Italian Restaurant · Hyde Park · 38 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: I love everything about this Hyde Park restaurant. I love the architecturally interesting space, the smart and down-to-earth service and the creative French-Italian menu. Read more.

The Purple Pig is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

33. The Purple Pig

500 N Michigan Ave (at W Illinois St), Chicago, IL
Mediterranean Restaurant · Streeterville · 637 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Head for the purple awning, set back from Michigan Avenue, for a delirious assortment of protein-rich, Mediterranean small plates from James Beard-award-winning chef Jimmy Bannos, Jr. Read more.

Dos Urban Cantina is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

34. Dos Urban Cantina

7.6
2829 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Logan Square · 21 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Calling Brian Enyart and Jennifer Jones Enyart two Frontera/Topolobampo alumns doesn’t begin to describe the influence and importance they brought to those restaurants. Read more.

Bohemian House is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

35. Bohemian House

11 W Illinois St (at N State St), Chicago, IL
Eastern European Restaurant · Near North Side · 49 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: If your understanding of Czech food is limited to the dumpling palaces of the western burbs, this hip River North spot will be a revelation. Read more.

The Duck Inn is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

36. The Duck Inn

8.6
2701 S Eleanor St, Chicago, IL
Gastropub · Bridgeport · 46 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: If there’s a better bird than the sized-for-two roasted duck at Kevin Hickey’s Bridgeport hangout (in a former pre-Prohibition tavern), I’ve yet to try it. Read more.

Maple & Ash is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

37. Maple & Ash

9.0
8 W Maple St (at State St), Chicago, IL
Steakhouse · Near North Side · 53 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: This is a steakhouse with a wink and a nudge, offering ironic riffs on steakhouse culture while still providing outstanding food. Read more.

Ampersand is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

38. Ampersand

419 W Superior St (Hudson), Chicago, IL
Seafood Restaurant · River North · 1 tip

ChicagoistChicagoist: This little space for pop-up restaurants at the back of Kinmont is a great place to try food from a wide variety of chefs and pop-ups. Read more.

Longman & Eagle is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

39. Longman & Eagle

9.2
2657 N Kedzie Ave (at W Schubert Ave), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Logan Square · 355 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Jared Wentworth has earned a Michelin star here, and his Pilsen restaurant, Dusek's, and either location you'll find full-flavored, unfussy food, serious cocktails and other libations. Read more.

Sumi Robata Bar is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

40. Sumi Robata Bar

702 N Wells St (Wells St. and Huron St.), Chicago, IL
Japanese Restaurant · River North · 41 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Chef/owner Gene Kato is a virtuoso on the robata grill, and that is the laser-like focus (so focused, he doesn't bother with sushi) of his 35-seat restaurant. Read more.

Yusho is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

41. Yusho

2853 N Kedzie Ave (at W. George St.), Chicago, IL
Japanese Restaurant · Logan Square · 80 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Plates are tiny, so you can try multiple dishes; the trick is knowing when to stop. Read more.

Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

42. Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits

8.6
6727 Roosevelt Rd (btwn Euclid Ave & Oak Park Ave), Berwyn, IL
Mediterranean Restaurant · 25 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Run by two couples who worked together at Spiaggia, Autre Monde is one of the jewels of the western burbs. Read more.

Taus Authentic is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

43. Taus Authentic

6.3
1846 W Division St, Chicago, IL
Restaurant · Wicker Park · 12 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Few chefs are as nuanced as Michael Taus, whose dishes are models of subtlety and restraint. Read more.

Lula Café is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

44. Lula Café

9.2
2537 N Kedzie Blvd (btwn Linden & Logan Sq.), Chicago, IL
Café · Logan Square · 256 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: A champion of local farm relationships and vegetable-forward cooking well ahead of the curve, Lula Café stays relevant and exciting well into its second decade in Chicago. Read more.

mk The Restaurant is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

45. mk The Restaurant

868 N Franklin St (btw Chestnut St & Locust St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Near North Side · 47 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Chef Erick Williams’ creative American cuisine never fails to impress, whether you order a la carte or tasting menu — even the simple bar bites menu is thoughtful. Read more.

Osteria Langhe is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

46. Osteria Langhe

8.7
2824 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
Italian Restaurant · Logan Square · 24 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Cameron Grant’s northern-Italian cooking, making great use of regional treasures such as plin pasta and grana padano cheese, is worth a little squeeze. Read more.

RPM Steak is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

47. RPM Steak

8.7
66 W Kinzie St (at N Dearborn St), Chicago, IL
Steakhouse · Near North Side · 75 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Steaks are the draw, of course, but chef Doug Psaltis applies a lot of TLC to his other dishes, too. Read more.

GreenRiver is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

48. GreenRiver

259 E Erie St Fl 18 (North Fairbanks Ct), Chicago, IL
Restaurant · Streeterville · 20 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: I love Julia Momose’s bar program, Aaron Lirette’s menu is approachable and delicious, and the vibe, as I’ve said before, is mature and sophisticated. Read more.

Vera is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

49. Vera

1023 W Lake St, Chicago, IL
Spanish Restaurant · Fulton Market · 41 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Stop in for a quick bite off Mark Mendez's small-plates menu (mojama, or salt-cured tuna loin, is a treat), or settle in for several dishes or the paella of the day. Read more.

Sun Wah BBQ is one of Phil Vettel's Top 50 Chicago Restaurants.

50. Sun Wah BBQ

8.8
5039 N Broadway St (at W Argyle St), Chicago, IL
Chinese Restaurant · Uptown · 145 tips and reviews

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: People in the know come here for two things: Peking-style duck and the moist and delicious Mike’s chicken. Read more.