I’m one of those people who lives to eat, not eats to live… not even going to lie about it. It doesn’t hurt that I also date a chef who introduces me to some of the most insane restaurants I’ve ever experienced. With that said, working out is a MUST! It makes going out much easier and much more fun, which is why I’m excited I’ve got a full year packed with runs & triathlons.
Any-who, from time to time I do get asked what my favorite restaurants are or where is the newest place that you’d recommend… and below are my list of top 5 currently:
- Toro Sushi
- This hidden gem is a place I can no longer hide away from all my family & friends because it’s TOO good not to try. Some of the best, most unique sushi you can find in Chicago and the owner is one of the nicest people I think I’ve ever met.
- Must order? Any of the crazy creations, especially the Kamakaze or Volcano rolls!
- Restaurant Veneno De Nayarit
- The BEST seafood in Chicago, hands DOWN. This BYOB nook in Ukrainian Village is 1000% times better than El Barco Marisco across the street, so save time and money (it’s SO cheap!) and bounce across the street.
- Must order? Spicy prawns & crab legs. Every dinner comes with fresh ceviche, it’s all you’ll need!
- This restaurant isn’t technically in the city, it’s in a near-isn suburb inside a Japanese market, but it’s worth the ride. The line is always the longest, cash only, best ramen you’ll have while in Chicago.
- Must order? At LEAST a medium of the ramen with pork cheek and soy egg, I’ve been really digging their side dish with rice, salmon & salmon egg
- This newer Peruvian style restaurant is new & always crowded lately. It’s definitely a gorgeous interior space, trendy music, great cocktails and some great smaller plates to share – a bit on the expensive side.
- Must order? Chi jau kay marino – their sea bass a top a bed of fried rice
- El Ideas
- If you’re into the fine dining scene, I couldn’t help but add this spot on here because it’s by far one of the coolest fine dining restaurants in Chicago! Oh, and BYOB. Oh, and I can’t recommend a dish because the menu changes all the time and you always get at least 12 – 15 courses (full disclosure, I live with the Chef de Cuisine).
These are just my five favorites of the moment, anyone have an awesome recommendation? Would love to hear it!