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Emily Fiffer

Word of Mouth: Emily Fiffer's Best of Chicago

Get tips on the best dining and nightlife in Chicago from Emily Fiffer of DailyCandy.

Brunch: Lula Cafe

Fancy: Schwa

Best Value: Hot Doug's (Go Friday or Saturday for the duck fat fries.)

Bar Scene/Drinks: Violet Hour

Business Lunch: RL (If they're paying!)

Burger: Sadly, I'm pescetarian. But I recommend Edzo's.

Pizza: Spacca Napoli

Sandwich: La Farine Bakery (Grilled Cheese with Adobo Sauce)

Food Truck: We have only two, but I'll go with the banana bread pudding from Happy Bodega.

Regional: West Town Tavern; The Bristol

Hidden Gem: Margie's Candies makes the best ice cream sundaes ever.

Mexican/Latin-American: May St. Cafe; Chilam Balam

Japanese: Takashi

Thai/Southeast Asian: Tac Thai

Wine List: Avec

Seafood: Mussels at The Publican

Steak: The Capital Grille

Italian: Purple Pig

Barbecue: Honky Tonk BBQ Chicago

Desserts: Pie, Hoosier Mama Pie Co.; milkshakes, M Burger

Indian: Cumin

Vegetarian: Mana Food Bar

Wild Card: Bonsoiree

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