Leave the fancy restaurants for another time. First dates should be casual, fun, and delicious. Here's where to go on a first date in Chicago.
Fantastic brunch spot - try the lemon pancakes or chilaquiles.
The new addition means you won't have to fight for a seat like before - good news, because now it's easier to score tastes from the excellent beer list. Food recommendation: the insane cashew butter, fig jam, and raclette cheese sandwich.
The inventive sausages may draw you in, but the classics will keep you coming back. The bratwurst is a nearly perfect sausage.
This place can do no wrong - great beers and pizza. It's often crowded, so get there early and remember that the wait is worth it.
The Chicago-style tofu sandwich and biscuits and gravy are favorites. Great for both vegans and omnivores.
Monstrous burgers with creative toppings - you can't eat here often, but it's always great fun. I like the Iron Maiden, with avocado, cherry peppers, pepper jack, and chipotle mayo.
The Gage offers dishes that are classics with a sense of whimsy. Try the Scotch eggs! There's also an exceptional cocktail program, so make sure to peruse a menu.
A tiny spot in Wicker Park, Mana is a haven for anyone who wants great tasting food—not just vegan friendly treats.
This place can do no wrong - great beer and oysters and brunch. Also try: mussels, fish stews, and roasted chicken.
Fantastic churros are a must order at the end of a meal, which should definitely involve a caldo or fantastic torta. There are also a range of hot chocolates, like the spicy Aztec.
You could load up on cured meats, smears, and cheeses without even broaching the rest of the Mediterranean-influenced menu, but you'll definitely want to leave room for the milk-braised pork shoulder and mussels.
The cocktail menu is enormous, but you can just point and pick at random—every single one is going to be good. Also awesome: the brunch menu, fried cheese curds, an abundant cheese plate... I could keep going.
Cozy spot to settle in with a sandwich, croissant, or other baked treat.
Great beer selection and mussels make this a solid neighborhood resto.
I dream of the tan tan men.
Burgers, beer, fried cheese curds—this is my Midwest cuisine happy place.
Terrific butcher case and sandwiches. Check the shelves for specialty food items you won't find elsewhere in the city.
This new WIcker Park taco joint has great fish tacos, guacamole, and agua fresca.
I am ALWAYS in the mood for Au Cheval. The bologna sandwich is my favorite, but I also love the burger, the fries with mornay sauce, the duck heart hash, the matzo ball soup, the salad...
Get the amazing biscuits and then hit the jam and butter bar to add sweet and savory flavors. The pies are also awesome.
Lovely spot for dinner or brunch—the fried green tomatoes topped with an egg are delicious, and the grits are a must-order. Try the crab soup as well. If you sit on the porch in the winter, a plaid blanket on the back of each chair will keep you warm and cozy.
Whether you go for brunch or lunch, you're in for a treat. A seasonal menu includes winter treats like turkey sloppy joes and a bacon, date, and ricotta sandwich.
You must get an order of fries and you must get the BBQ bacon burger.
Try pizza by the slice, like the boiler room with PBR meatballs and giardiniera for $4. You can always order whole vegan pies and on Tuesdays get 'em by the slice.
An ever-changing beer list and great sausages make this a Wicker Park gem.
A charming little spot in Bridgeport, Pleasant House makes delicious savory pies stuffed with ingredients like mushroom and kale. The gravy chips, with cheese and steak, are delicious.
I love the Frenchman banh mi, with duck confit, kumquats and mustard seeds. The pho is also terrific.
Thick, sipping chocolate made with dark chocolate and cut with cream and sugar. Also, thin pizza, gelato, and other Italian dishes.
Poutine with so many inventive toppings (foie gras, pork belly, gyro meat) that you'll want to keep returning till you've tried them all. Chicken and waffles are available during Sunday brunch.
A fantastic new cocktail menu features flavored ice cubes, smoky drinks, and other treats.