2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks
Pleasant House Bakery is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

1. Pleasant House Bakery

964 W 31st St, Chicago, IL
Bakery · Bridgeport · 61 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Chief among the genuine farm-to-table movement is Art and Chelsea Jackson’s understated Bridgeport spot, where seasonal produce comes from Pleasant Farms, a network of small farms in and near Chicago. Read more.

2. Yusho

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

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Brick walls, Edison bulbs hung by knotted rope, pops of color and upholstery in Pendleton-esque plaid combine for design that evokes a sophisto-casual feel while keeping the focus on the food. Read more.

EL Ideas is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

3. EL Ideas

8.5
2419 W 14th St (at Western Ave), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Douglas Park · 34 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: After the nervous drive to this BYOB, you see Talbott, the relaxed, warm host/waiter/sommelier. He learns your name, attends to your wine and sets the tone that makes dining a one-of-a-kind experience Read more.

25 Degrees is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

4. 25 Degrees

736 N Clark St (at W Superior St), Chicago, IL
Burger Joint · River North · 116 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Scoops of ice cream are blended to become dessert and after-dinner drink in one. Butter pecan gets SoCo and praline liqueur and butterscotch-vanilla are doused with Maker’s and spun to smoothness. Read more.

Miko's Flipside is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

5. Miko's Flipside

1846 N Damen Ave (at W Moffat St), Chicago, IL
Café · Bucktown · 3 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: With chocolate cake, pour-over coffee and gooey grilled-cheese sandwiches from chef Remy Ayesh, we can get through even the coldest winter, making this bakery the coziest place to hibernate in Chicago Read more.

Tre Kronor is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

6. Tre Kronor

8.9
3258 W Foster Ave (at Spaulding Ave), Chicago, IL
Scandinavian Restaurant · North Park · 83 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Each winter feast begins with hot glogg in the garden before guests hit the buffet, which features ten varieties of herring and hot dishes like Jansson’s Temptation, a creamy potato casserole. Read more.

Cai is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

7. Cai

7.6
2100 S Archer Ave (at S Wentworth Ave), Chicago, IL
Chinese Restaurant · Armour Square · 62 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: As much as we love meringue and aioli, this year all other eggy goodness faded in comparison to Cai’s egg-yolk buns. These Chinese breakfast bombs are sweet, creamy, and filled with sugary egg paste. Read more.

Wisma - Chicago is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

8. Wisma - Chicago

8.6
131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL
Gourmet Store · West Loop · 4 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Wisma has des Rosiers’s silky soups, hearty sandwiches and sensible entrées (salmon with quinoa), all of it delicious, all of it made with sustainably, and priced as if it were in the suburbs. Read more.

Elixir Lounge is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

9. Elixir Lounge

8.3
3452 N Halsted St (btwn N Newport Ave and N Cornelia Ave), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Lakeview · 40 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A well-made cocktail was a hard thing to find in Boystown. Thankfully there’s Elixir, which not only shakes mean drinks, but also keeps the crowd in control and the music somewhat low. Read more.

Tozi Korean B.B.Q. Restaurant is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

10. Tozi Korean B.B.Q. Restaurant

1265 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ashland & Milwaukee), Chicago, IL
Korean Restaurant · Wicker Park · 25 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: You can char your own soy-chili–marinated meats to perfection on tabletop burners, but not all the work is left to you; the steamed kimchi dumplings are delicate, plump and made in the kitchen. Read more.

Publican Quality Meats is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

11. Publican Quality Meats

9.4
825 W Fulton Market (at N Green St), Chicago, IL
Deli · Fulton Market · 134 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Ganji’s massive miche is crusty and cakey; his cranberry-walnut loaf makes the world’s best toast. The best part of this great bread? We hear PQM also sells some meats to go with it. Read more.

Heritage Bicycles is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

12. Heritage Bicycles

9.3
2959 N Lincoln Avenue (Wellington), Chicago, IL
Coffee Shop · Lakeview · 66 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: As far as we’re concerned, this is a sun-soaked café rather than just a bike shop. How else do you explain the thoughtfully sourced products—from Southport Grocery cupcakes to Mast Brothers chocolate? Read more.

The Hideout is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

13. The Hideout

8.6
1354 W Wabansia Ave (btwn Elston Ave & Throop St), Chicago, IL
Rock Club · Bucktown · 56 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: In the three years since Martha Bayne started Soup & Bread, she’s proven that a modest idea—serve free soup, collect tips for hunger charities—can morph into a movement for social change. Read more.

Big Jones is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

14. Big Jones

8.5
5347 N Clark St (btwn W Summerdale Ave & W Balmoral Ave), Chicago, IL
Southern Food Restaurant · Andersonville · 138 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: From that one-off Kentucky dinner (rice biscuits, pearl onion soup and mince pie) to the weekday lunch (fried chicken, greens, biscuits c. 1933), Big Jones is making history of any dining plans we had Read more.

Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

15. Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant

7.5
2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL
Chinese Restaurant · Armour Square · 109 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: From the look of the multicultural, multigenerational throngs that flock to Hu’s restaurants nightly, Rahm could glean some tips on how to achieve universal popularity. Read more.

Telegraph Wine Bar is one of 2012 Eat Out Award winners: Critics' picks.

16. Telegraph Wine Bar

2601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Wine Bar · Logan Square · 35 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Dish after dish, Jeremy Quinn’s pairing suggestions elevate the food on the plate—while introducing us to grapes like scheurebe and xinomavro. Read more.