Arun's Thai Restaurant
415 N. Kedzie (773) 539-1909
The restaurant's beautiful interior transports you to Thailand. The menu offers subtle spice and intricately balances flavors. Dine family style to enjoy the traditional sequential Thai banquet. The menu changes depending on the chef's preferences and availability of fresh ingredients.
615 W. Randolph (312) 377-2002
Avec features small and large plate dishes on its menu. Cobia also known as black salmon, hanger steak and duck leg appear on the small-plates menu, while the large-plates menu offers puttanesca, Portuguese mariner's stew and prosciutto. Please note, the restaurant does not take reservations.
612 N. Wells St. (312) 280-9200
If you're looking for Chicago-style barbeque without the fuss, Carson's is the place for you. The kitchen smokes its ribs, chicken and chops for hours in a hickory wood-burning pit. This isn't your Southern-style barbeque with marinades and rubs, just authentic slow-cooked meat.
816 W. Armitage (773) 248-6228
For 20 years, Charlie Trotter has served Chicago's finest palates. Choose from one of three set menus that showcase the finest and freshest ingredients. Trotter prides himself on using free-range and organic ingredients.
440 LaSalle (312) 663-8920
Located on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, the restaurant's menu changes to reflect seasonal availability. Diners may choose the seven-course chef's menu or vegetarian menu or the three- or four-course prix-fixe menu. Leave room for dessert. Everest offers a warm Michigan cherry compote and a terrine of chocolate crèpe and banana brulée.
162 E. Superior, (312) 266-3337 (Other locations throughout Chicago)
Started by two taxi drivers and a friend more than 40 years ago, this pizza restaurant quickly became a legend among native Chicagoans and visitors. Customers come from near and far to scribble their names on the walls. The deep-dish and thin-crust pizzas are made by hand and use fresh ingredients. The restaurant occupies a large space, but its popularity means you may have to wait a bit for a table on busy nights.
The Italian Village
71 W. Monroe, (312) 332-7005
The third-generation of Capitaninis run the three restaurants that make up The Italian Village: The Village, La Cantina and Vivere. The Village is a traditional Italian restaurant that takes you to a small Italian town. La Cantina is a steak and seafood house patterned after a wine cellar. Vivere features "new" Italian cuisine from all regions of the country.
N9ne Steak House
440 W. Randolph (312) 575-9900
Owned by the same group that operates the Ghostbar in Las Vegas, N9ne serves Chicago-style prime-aged steaks and chops. You'll find lamb and veal chops, filets, porterhouses, sirloins and bone-in ribeyes. Don't miss the Kobe burger. And diners who stay away from red meat will find fish and chicken on the menu as well.