What makes a restaurant in an unequaled restaurant city one of the best? It's a delicate formula of fresh food, innovative presentations, cutting edge ideas, interesting combinations plus price, ambience and service.
These 10 places promise a stellar experience and a distinctive taste of Chicago.
At most of the listed Chicago spots, it’s more than a meal but rather a downright experience. Reservations at places like Elizabeth, Alinea or Oriole can take a while to secure but expect a multi-hour session that involves all of your senses at these James Beard winning and Michelin-star standouts. A stop at Fat Rice is like a whirlwind taste voyage to China and Portugal, if you can wrap your brain and buds around that.
Taste, of course, is subjective and if there were a list of the 50 best in Chicago, we would probably hit on many of your choices. Let's call these 10 among the best restaurants in Chicago so if you're in the market for an inevitably impressive dining experience, make your reservation.