The South Loop isn't officially a "food dessert," but it can feel a little bleak when you live there. All is not lost! Retail development hasn't quite kept pace with residential, but there are still great places worth seeking out. Here's a guide to my favorite places to eat in the South Loop.
Most people come to the Bongo Room for brunch and breakfast - their decadent pancakes and butter-filled sauces will put you in a happy food coma. I go for lunch - the smoked chicken and apple club with sprouts and shallot butter is the best sandwich on the menu.
The south loop's most ridiculously awesome breakfast menu. If you're in the mood for your Jewish grandma's food (even if you don't have a Jewish grandma) head to Eleven City. Beware of long lines on weekends.
The only good sushi in or close to the South Loop, plus a great sake selection and a cool, romantic atmosphere.
What a breathtaking dining room. Plus, the best food of any hotel restaurant on Michigan. Great tapas. Be sure to get the special sangria.
The coziest place to eat in the South Loop. It's hard to find, but worth the search - be sure to try one of their sandwiches and stay for one of the super-cheap drink specials.
Ryan McCaskey has brought fine dining to the South Loop with this beautiful white jewelbox of a restaurant. Plus, they grow their own herbs in boxes out back.
You can get wines poured out of machines. Boozy AND futuristic. Plus a selection of small plates and charcuterie for munching.
Great rum cocktails, a beautiful dining room, a fireplace and they are planning to install a private poolroom upstairs. Oh, and the food is pretty great too.