Chicago , the Windy City is known for its specialties, and there is no shortage of opportunities to indulge in some great eats that can range from sandwiches, hot dogs, and the world famous deep-dish pizza pie. It is a city with millions coming in and out and there has to be plenty of options for those hungry stomachs to have when it comes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The following are just a bite-sized sample of the best places to eat in Chicago, Illinois.
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria – 439 N. Wells Street
Pick a corner in downtown Chicago and you’ll find a good place to get a slice of pizza, and the odds are in your favor to have a decent meal. But the highest rated pizzeria in the city limits is Lou Malnati’s for providing guests with the traditional deep-dish pizza that comes with a buttery crust.
One of the main specialties the pizzeria offers is called the Malnati Chicago classic that comes with lean Italian sausage with plenty of cheese and their signature sauce made from vine-ripened tomatoes. It’s simple and one of their best pizzas you can pick up, along with the “Lou” that includes a mixture of spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes with three different cheeses – alterations are not recommended.
Al’s Beef – 1079 W. Taylor Street
While Chicago is known best for their deep-dish pizza, another signature dish that the city is known for is the Italian beef sandwich. Just like pizza places, there are a number of options from which one can choose. Al’s Beef has received some of the best reviews among sandwich places not only in Chicago, but also throughout the Midwest.
It was a sandwich born from the Great Depression in the 1930s, where thinly sliced beef was turned into a loaf of Italian bread and dunked in a rich gravy. Let’s not forget that there is also some peppers and the Chicago-classic condiment known as giardinera – an Italian-American pickle relish.
Portillo’s – Multiple locations
It started out as a simple hot dog cart in Chicago and has grown over the years into a chain that has several locations in the Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana. There are Italian beef and Italian sausage sandwiches, but what makes them unique are the Chicago-style hot dogs that can actually be ordered to be shipped throughout the country – complete with all the fixings.
Getting a hot dog with the works includes condiments like fresh onions, tomatoes, small sport peppers, and a whole quarter of a kosher dill pickle, stuffed inside a poppy seed bun that is steamed up before serving. For those who would prefer to eat light, there are several salad options and even fish options that include halibut and tuna.
Kuma’s Corner – 2900 W. Belmont Avenue
While there are some simplistic places to get a good sandwich, Kuma’s Corner provides a one-of-a-kind experience that brings a twist to their menu. Many of their burgers and sandwiches are named after metal rock bands that definitely attract music and food lovers alike. One example includes a burger with bacon, barbecued sauce, cheddar cheese, and fried onion straws and named after the band Mastodon.
Iron Maiden also has a burger that provides pepper jack cheese, cherry peppers, and chipotle mayo along with common items like lettuce, tomato, onion, and avocado. There are a couple of salads and some appetizers that includes a chance to build your personal mac and cheese plate with options like andouille sausage, peppers, onion, and even corn – why not?
Bohemian House – 11 W. Illinois Street
This restaurant brings many of the dishes from throughout the different European cultures that help make Chicago – including German, Czech, and other Central European traits. Brunch is one of the big reasons why people come with things like a “butcher’s goulash,” which is a great combination of a poached egg, knackwurst, beef with some onion, parsley, and a side of toasted rye bread.
They also have an open-faced pork schnitzel sandwich where the pork is tenderized, breaded, and fried before being plated with a horseradish cream, some sauerkraut, cheese, and a fried egg on rye bread.