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10 Best Bars with Food in Chicago

Making top ten lists is never easy, especially when food is involved. The bars I frequented in Chicago ranged from hip brewpubs to German comfort food. It's all a delicate balance, plugged into a very unofficial, highly subjective formula. But when I return to Chicago, if I were to go back to ten bars, it would be these. More

Bar Eats: Fork

Fork invites you to sit down and have some good food paired with good drinks. A little of this, a little of that, with friendly, knowledgeable staff, and no pretenses. I'm still not 100% sure that's upscale casual, but it's certainly worth checking out. More

Wild Side: Silkworms and Frog Legs at Four Belly

Water Chicken, love it. Great read, Dennis. You should see if you can get your hands on some Peruvian guinea pig. Anticuchos are also much better than they sound!

10 Best Bars with Food in Chicago

Totally right! I picked Hopleaf #1 because it IS in the city (neighborhood homertism notwithstanding), and it's awesome. Truth be told, though, if I were flying back to Chicago and had time for one place, it would be 3F...

A Sandwich a Day: Italian Beef at Johnnie's Beef

The horror! This means I won't be enjoying Johnnie's Beef either!!! :( Looking forward to reading about (and trying) the good eats out in Portland, though! Best wishes with the move!

Bar Eats: Owen & Engine Re-Perfects British Food in Logan Square


Appreciate it! You should totally come to Chicago, if ONLY to eat. Might want to pick up an extra stomach or two, though. I got mine on Craig's List.

@Dennis Lee

Thanks, man! Sad to leave, but we'll always have Ed Debevic's...


Those things in the picture =) But I believe the technical term is "really expensive green onion."


Awesome pic. These are not the dogs you're looking for.

Bar Eats: Big Bites at Small Bar

@Phil McFarland

That makes much more sense; I was going by what the server told us. Thanks for clarifying--keep up the good work!

Staff Picks: Where Do You Take an Out of Town Guest in Chicago?


I went to HD's a couple weeks ago, a Wed. around 2:30. No line whatsoever, plenty of seats. Not always an easy time for people to get there, but it's at least possible to avoid THE LINE. Second Dennis on Joong Boo--great hot food, too, if you're ready to eat again.

A Sandwich a Day: Royal Special at Royal Coffee

Good post, man! I've only gone here for coffee; next time I'll grab a sandwich, too.

A Sandwich a Day: Italian Sub at Conte di Savoia

@cpd007 Yeah, I love Conte. I still stand by my neighborhood spot, Piatto Pronto--check it out if you haven't. Thanks for the recos--will check out Alpine and Al and Joe's for sure!

Bar Eats: Piece Brewery and Pizzeria

Agree with you guys, but I guess it begs the question why serve Bud, then? Sure, not doing so is a little elitist, but both Piece and Revolution make a perfectly good light beer, so nobody has to go too far out of his/her comfort zone. I go back and forth about guest taps at brewpubs, but I don't think Bud should even be in that discussion.

@phillamb168 Good to know about Mr. Mosher! I know Pete Crowley at Haymarket has been brewing (pretty great beers) for years and years as well, as have most of these guys, of course. I'm glad there's a market here to sustain them all and stick it to InBev!

Lunch in the Loop: Miller's Pub

Dennis, I was going to re-visit this place, as I remember digging the place, just couldn't remember if the food was any good. Thank you for helping me remember what I guess I had forgotten for good reason!

@monopod Couldn't agree more! I have to go to L.A. to get one. I've pretty much given up on Chicago's reubens. Sad face.

Bar Eats: Laschet's Inn Just Wants to Be Your Friend

@Kustard Oh my yes, the potato pancakes are ridiculous!

@Naomi Bishop I AM missing out. Right now, actually. Another excuse to go back--thank you!

@cpd007 Agreed! Curious to know what you think of Resi's right across the street. Very different vibe, and I haven't been in a few months, but I think their food is really solid as well.

A Sandwich a Day: Fried Whitefish Sandwich at Found

Wow, that looks fantastic. Now I know what to get my pescatarian wife for our anniversary!

TGI Fry-Day: Do Nachos Get Much Better than the Machos Nachos at Chicago's Little Goat?

Looks fantastic--can't wait to check this place out!

Lunch in the Loop: It's Okay to Rage-Eat at the Marquette Inn

Hilarious, Dennis! Where IS the nearest Taco Bell?

A Sandwich a Day: The Not-So-Sloppy Joe from Left Bank in Lake Forest

Nice find, Dennis--sounds like it might be worth the drive!

Standing Room Only: Fat Johnnie's Mother-In-Law Deserves Fame

Love Fat Johnnie's! The mother in law is an awesome, beautiful mess. I'm hungry.

A Sandwich a Day: The Duck Reuben at Hopleaf

I think I'll just stick with the mussels next time. My wife LOVES that CB&J. Like, would dump me for it if it were single loves it!

A Sandwich a Day: Pork Tenderloin Sandwich at Hash House a Go Go

I had this at the Vegas location a while back and totally agree. It was good, not great, but the wow factor is impressive. And your leftovers can double as a boogie board, if you're into that sort of thing!

A Sandwich a Day: Tuna on Baguette at La Pane

Annatto, maybe? Frank's Red Hot? Whatever, that tuna looks gooooood.

A Sandwich a Day: Austrian Sandwich at Austrian Bakery & Deli

Austria borders those countries? I don't get it, either. Why it's not schnitzel is what I find most confusing. Pickles sound pretty legit, though!

A Sandwich a Day: Croque Madame at Troquet

Great post, Dennis. I was wondering what that place was since I realized just last week it's no longer Wolcott's. Which begs the question, where am I supposed to get a light beer and 57 HDTV sporting events in Chicago?!

A Sandwich a Day: Pork Belly Breakfast Sandwich at Vincent

Thanks, Dennis and Nick. My technique was largely inspired by Garth in Wayne's World. 'Hey Mr. Doughnut Head Man, who's coming to kill you? I don't know, but he better not. Ree ree ree ree ree!' I try to stick to the classics.

A Sandwich a Day: Pork Belly Breakfast Sandwich at Vincent

G.P., Bring a bib; it's a lot less beautiful to actually eat, but obviously worth the sacrifice of many Handy wipes!

Nick, it didn't come that way. It was the only way I could get the awesomeness to hold still for a picture.

Deesher, sounds right on, especially the pricing. I've only been there once, for a burger and whiskey of the day--great stuff. Hash House a Go Go in Vegas (next time you're out there) used to have a brown-bagged Bud tallboy and side of bacon on their menu.

A Sandwich a Day: Pulled Pork Sandwich at The Smoke Daddy

Minus the two additions of 'Daddy' and 'Carolina,' the sandwich is $8.50, which is much more reasonable, though on the higher end. Christopher is right, though, it's in a pretty hip neighborhood, so that is part of it. But it's the best of the relatively few around here, in my opinion, so I'm willing to splurge. $20 for a vegan reuben, though?! Now that's criminal =)

A Sandwich a Day: Napolitano at Piatto Pronto

A very light oil/vinegar spritz. They also list a tapenade as an option, but why mess with a good thing!

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