Courtesy of Emily Fiffer
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.
Courtesy of Emily Fiffer
Emily Fiffer

Courtesy of Emily Fiffer

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