Chicago's Best Restaurants
Chicago’s Top Restaurants
When you decide to make your way to the Midwest, there are certain things that are ESSENTIAL to experience! Chicago’s culture is amazing! From the museums, to the parks, to the shopping on the legendary “Magnificent Mile”. Chi-Town has it all! When touring all of the beautiful sites you are going to get hungry. And lucky you, Chicago is known for some of the world’s best food! There are always debates on who makes the best pizza, Chicago vs. New York. Well pizza is not the only specialty this city has. Whether you prefer burgers, hotdogs, seafood, or steak, Chicago will always make your tummy smile! Here are Chicago’s Top 5 Restaurants!
Back Alley Burger’s
A burger joint that will have you craving for more and more! Back Alley Burger’s (Or BAB’s) serves “Grass-Fed Beef”, which means it’s never frozen patties. Every time you bite into a BAB’s burger, you will absolutely taste the difference. They are juicy, and seasoned to perfection. Now if that isn’t great enough, they have a menu of several original Gourmet burgers to choose from, some including the BAB’s secret sauce! Here is a list of just a few of their best products!
·Back Alley Burger
1/3 lbs. beef, bacon, ranch, tomato, onion ring, lettuce
·The Coke 'n Fries Burger
1/3 lbs. beef paddy, American Cheese, Ketchup, Mustard, Onion,Their Signature Coca Cola Sauce, Pickle Spears, topped with French fries on a soft white bun
·Good 'Ole Boys Blues Burger
½ lbs. beef, blue cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, white bun
whiskey marinated pulled pork topped with BAB slaw
lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion rings, carrots, olives, bacon,
ranch or red wine vinaigrette
Some of their delicious sides include house cut fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries, chili cheese fries, chili cheese onion rings, spring greens side salad, back alley burger slaw, apple slices, classic chili con carne, turkey Thai chili.
These are just a few of the great products BAB’s serves. They also have Beer, Wine, Shakes, Build your own Sundae’s, Sweets, and you can even purchase your own BAB’s tee-shirts and other merchandise! Visit their site at http://backalleyburger.com/Location_HJZM.html com to learn more.
Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse
Chicago has so many steakhouses to choose from! Which of them is the best? Well in my (as well as many others) opinion, Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse is #1. They serve the most incredible Black Angus USDA Beef which is corn fed for 120 days and aged for 40 days providing maximum flavor and tenderness, cooked just the way you like! Excellence! It is located right in the heart of downtown Chicago and has served some of the top names in entertainment. There is a wall of fame showing all of the famous people who have eaten here. You never know, maybe you’ll be sitting next to your favorite pro-baller while enjoying the best steak you have ever had! Here are a few items from the menu!
·W.R.’s Chicago Cut (22 oz.)
·Filet Mignon (14 oz.)
·Sliced Sirloin Bordelaise (20 oz.) with Roasted Bone Marrow
Gibson’s not only has the most remarkable steaks, they also have a wide selection of seafood including Alaskan King Crab Claw! Another reason to stop by Gibson’s is the greatly proportioned desserts they serve including their Macadamia Turtle Pie!
Red Hot Chicago
Famous for their delightful all-beef, Chicago Style Hotdogs, Red Hot’s is a proud family establishment created in 1986. Red Hot’s will cook your dog anyway you like, whether it be boiled, fried, or grilled. It started up as a food stand on the street, and is now distributed throughout the nations Stadiums, Arenas, 1000 Chicagoland restaurants, as well as many other locations around the states! Just ask them to make it a Chicago Style Dog and here is what you’ll get!
Make Me One “CHICAGO-STYLE!
1. Fill a steamed hot dog bun with an authentic RED HOT CHICAGO pure beef hot dog or polish sausage
2. Add a line of yellow mustard from end to end
3. Add approx. 1 teaspoon of green relish from end to end
4. Add approx. 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped onions from end to end
5. Add 2 fresh tomatoes wedges along the back of the bun
6. Add a crisp kosher-style pickle spear along front of bun
7. Top with a couple of spicy sport peppers
8. Add a couple of shakes of celery salt to complete a fully-dressed “Chicago-Style “sandwich!
The menu is endless to what you can put on your dog to make it your own!
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Seafood must be done right to be enjoyed properly, and Pappadeaux produces everything on their menus to perfection! Some of the best seafood you will ever have. Whether you enjoy a large, juicy lobster or if your favorite is a great piece of Tilapia, they have it all. Not to mention, the atmosphere will make you feel like a celebrity. This place is always packed to capacity with seafood lovers! While you wait for your table, they will seat you at the bar to enjoy a drink with your party. Here are a few of my favorites from Pappadeaux!
·Live Maine Lobster- Steamed lobster by the pound, with melted butter & linguine with tomato & basil
·Seafood Platter- Fried tilapia or catfish fillet, shrimp, blue crab cake, stuffed shrimp & stuffed crab
·Jumbo Shrimp Brochette- Char-grilled bacon wrapped shrimp filled with Monterey Jack cheese & a sliver of jalapeño with dirty rice
Pappadeaux also has a great selection of cold appetizers, hot appetizers, New Orleans Specialties, Chicken, Steak, as well as some amazing side dishes! Although Pappadeaux can be found in several states including Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas, I still consider it to be a personal favorite of mine in Chicago!
Giordano’s- Famous Stuffed Pizza
Giordano’s was established in 1974, serving their Famous Stuffed Pizza! The pizza has been 200 years in the making, as stated by Giordano owners. The recipe comes from their great, great, great, great, great-grandmother! So, it has gone through the necessary evolution to become flawless! It takes about 35 min for them to bake it to perfection, but it is definitely worth the wait! Giordano’s has a great variety of meats and vegetables that can be put in with the cheese filled pizza! Here is a view of the menu items that will make your mouth water!
·Cheese- with their famous pizza sauce
·Super Veggie- Mushrooms, Green peppers, Onions, Broccoli, Black olives, and Tomatoes.
·Tropic Delight- Cheese, Canadian Bacon, Pineapple
·List of the Ingredient Choices- Sausage, *Spinach, Pepperoni, Mushroom, *Shrimp, Ground Beef, Green Peppers, Fresh Tomatoes, Jalapeno Peppers, Onions, Black Olives, Fresh Garlic, Broccoli, Green Olives, Anchovies, Pineapple, Canadian Bacon
Giordano’s also offers many appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pastas, and even thin crust pizza! However, anyone who is trying Giordano’s for the first time, I highly recommend Stuffed Pizza! If you were a thin crust fan before, this will be a great change!
When traveling to “The Windy City”, you will be faced with an array of attractions and eateries! I hope these restaurants will make it to your list of “must-sees” and “must-tries”! Enjoy your stay in Chicago!