Word of Mouth: Jeff Pearl's Best of Chicago

Get tips on the best dining and nightlife in Chicago from Jeff Pearl of the blog Jeff Eats Chicago

Brunch: Southport Grocery

Fancy: Topolobampo

Best Value: Big and Little’s

Bar Scene/Drinks: The Whistler

Business Lunch: Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab

Burger: Edzo’s Burger Shop

Pizza: Pequod’s

Sandwich: Capt’n Nemo’s

Regional: Al’s #1 Italian Beef

Hidden Gem: Rose Angelis

Mexican/Latin-American: Chilam Balam

Japanese: Macku

Spanish/Tapas: Mercat a la Planxa

Thai/Southeast Asian: Sticky Rice

Wine List: Red Rooster Wine Bar

Chinese: Lao Sze Chuan

Seafood: Glenn’s Diner

Steak: Benny’s Chop House

Italian: Piccolo Sogno

Barbecue: Smoque

Desserts: Margie’s Candies

Indian: Cumin

Vegetarian: Chicago Diner

Wild card: Buffalo Joe’s