Word of Mouth: City Girl Chicago's Best of Chicago

The best in food and drink from a Chicago local

Cara, also known as City Girl Chicago, has been born and bred in Chicago. She lives, breathes, and eats Chicago. Any time she's not scoping out a new or different Chicago restaurant, she can be found exploring the culinary world in other ways. Be it absorbing information from world-class chefs, attending cooking classes, farm-to-table events, or test-running a recipe in her kitchen, she blogs about it all at City Girl Chicago.

Brunch: Southport Grocery

Fancy: Graham Elliot

Best Value: Mon Ami Gabi

Bar Scene/Drinks: Maude’s Liquor Bar

Business Lunch: NoMI

Burger: Terzo Piano (lamb burger)

Pizza: La Madia

Sandwich: Hannah’s Bretzel

Food Truck: Taquero Fusion

Regional: Wishbone

Hidden Gem: Pars Cove

Mexican/Latin American: XOCO

Japanese: Wakamono

Spanish/Tapas: Twist

Thai/Southeast Asian: Butterfly

Wine List: The Tasting Room

Chinese: Lao Sze Chuan

Seafood: Hopleaf – go for the mussels, stay for the beer

Steak: Tango Sur

Italian: Spiaggia

Desserts: Sarah’s Pastries

Indian: Veerasway

Wild Card: Bonsoiree