Chicago Food Restaurants

Restaurants I’m Trying in 2016

It’s taken me a long time to narrow down the list and even though it’s already February, I still wanted to share some of the Chicago restaurants I’m looking forward to trying in 2016. Below you’ll find restaurants around the Chicago with a wide range of cuisines.

3 Arts Club Café – Gold Coast
Restoration Hardware is the most beautiful store I’ve ever been in. Seriously, I wanted to buy pretty much everything and I repeatedly asked my boyfriend if he thought they would let me move in. The only thing that would make RH better is food… and they just so happen to have an in-store restaurant that I’ve been dying to try.

Big and Little’s – Lakeview 
I’ve walked by this place more than 20 times and up until a few months ago, I thought they only served burgers. It turns out they serve tacos too, specifically really yummy looking fish tacos.

Bohemian House – River North
Central European food wouldn’t normally be my first choice but after reading this article about where chefs in Chicago like to brunch, I decided it’s worth a visit.

Bottlefork – River North
Not going to lie, this one made the list partially because Bottlefork is a really fun name to say and because I walk by it at least once a week. It doesn’t hurt that the menu has a lot of my potato-y favorites like tots and gnocchi.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! – Lincoln Park
My least favorite thing about dining out is when I want to try half the menu and have to limit myself to a couple dishes. That’s probably why I love tapas restaurants and why I’m excited to try Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Cindy’s – The Loop
I have a friend who always gives the best restaurant recommendations. Last time she was in Chicago, she went to Cindy’s for brunch and recommended it, so naturally I had to add it to the list. The airy rooftop décor doesn’t hurt either.

Flo – West Town
While I love standard brunch fare (usually a veggie omelet and potatoes for me), I’m always looking for brunch menus that are a little different. Flo’s brunch menu has the perfect mix of traditional brunch food and Mexican-inspired eats.

Gilt Bar – River North
I swear everyone I know in Chicago has been to Gilt Bar, yet somehow in the 4.5 years I’ve lived here I haven’t managed to go. It’s time for that to change.

Little Goat – West Loop
I’m kind of cheating with this one since I went last winter for dinner but I really want to try their brunch. The menu has an entire section devoted to potatoes. Enough said.

Chicago restaurants to try Breakfast, Brunch & Dinner

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Pub Royale – Wicker Park
I love Indian food and I’m very intrigued by Pub Royale’s British pub meets Indian menu, especially because there are Indian items on the brunch menu.

Summer House Santa Monica – Lincoln Park
In honor of finding out I’m no longer allergic to avocado, it’s only necessary that I take a trip to Summer House Santa Monica to try their California-inspired fare. Is it just me, or are avocados the most quintessential California food?

Sunda – River North
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I love love love Asian food which is why I’m so excited to try Sunda. The mouth-watering menu is extensive, with a mix of traditional and more creative Asian fare.

Chicago restaurants to try // Breakfast, Brunch & Dinner

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Tanta – River North
I’m always looking for new cuisines to try and since I’m pretty sure I’ve never had Peruvian food, I’m looking forward to dining at Tanta.

The Allis – West Loop
Brunch menu, check. Giant chandelier, check. Couches and tables where you can sit and work all day, check. What more could you want? I’m sold.

Velvet Taco – Gold Coast
I love restaurants that fuse different cuisines and I also love a good taco. Velvet taco has both with their tacos inspired by food from around the world. And they have tater tots with an egg on top.

Which restaurants are you looking forward to trying this year?

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  • Lisa

    You’re going to have a delicious year!!

    • Amy

      I hope so!