There are ethnic restaurants on every block. I'll help you wade through the "eh" to get to the "heck yeah!"
Chicago's quintessential upscale Mex spot. Make your reservation weeks in advance (really!), sip a Topolo margarita, and order extra guac.
Wow, this is seriously tasty food (and great service!). Delve into the Taiwanese menu-don't worry, your server will translate it for you-and you'll be richly rewarded. From the Chinese menu, don't miss the potstickers.
Always packed for a reason! Food is fun & cheap (try the El Tico w/ ribeye & the delish oatmeal shake) and it's BYOB. Heads up: Cash only.
Solid French bistro fare that won't break the bank. They do corkage fee-free BYO on certain weeknights--call to find out when!
The menu (Greek standbys) could only be upstaged by magnificent skyline views from the sprawling patio. For dinner, opt for appetizers, as portions are hefty.
The best banh mi in the city, hands down. A great value to boot. Even if you're not a vegetarian, try the tofu variety. And by all means, try something you've never seen before from the cooler.
Not sure if I'm more crazy about the gorgeous outdoor seating or house-made pastas (which all come in appetizer portions so you can dabble).
Not only is there legit Greek chow here (try the sweet/savory chili), but there's pantry items direct from the motherland. The Greek owner is sweet & the service is competent.
The roasted chicken is unbelievably tender and the plantains are a must-try side. Sweet, gracious service.
Carboholic's dream! Amazing bread, macarons & choco cake. Curry chicken salad is the perfect lunch. House-made soups divine too. Free wifi!
Love this Viet food stall inside the French Market. Banh mi is perfect, salads fresh, and rice bowls filling. Bao buns are almost dessert-worthy.
Killer rolls, robusta (tofu!) & sweet staff who will customize w/o batting an eye. BYO keeps price down. Try the 100 Years Of Solitude maki.
Old World charm and flavors continuously draw me here. Calamari is a highlight,as are pastas and deeply flavored tiramisu.
Sheer perfection. Try the grilled tofu, soba noodles, and mochi for dessert. The daily draft cocktail is fun and affordable. Good pick for vegetarians.