Magnificent Mile/ Michigan Avenue BENIHANA— Eclectic. Mexican. RESTAURANT— PROMOTION 26 WHERETRAVELER CHICAGO D E C E MBER 2 0 1 9 ® BOKA— American. American porary American spot is just up the block from Steppenwolf Theatre. Expect hearty, dynamic fare like roasted duck served next to olive oil poached cod or dry-aged beef tartare. D (daily). 1729 N. Halsted St., 312.337.6070. El: Red to North/Clybourn. www. bokachicago.com Logan Square/Avondale GIANT— American. Once named a Food & Wine “Best New Chef,” Jason Vincent ends his two-year hiatus to open this ironically tiny spot—about 40 seats, plus patio and kitchen counter. Expect a seasonally changing menu. Open D (TuSa). 3209 W. Armitage Ave., 773.252.0997. www.giantrestaurant.com PARACHUTE— Asian. Destination diners head to Avondale for pristine, critically acclaimed Korean-American fare from award-winning, husband-and-wife chef team. The restaurant sources ingredients at their peak and updates the menu daily. Look for affordably priced wine, beer and cocktails. D (Tu-Sa). 3500 N. Elston Ave., 773.654.1460. www. parachuterestaurant.com Br (Su). 2100 W. Division St., 773.292.1600. www. folklorechicago.com HALF SHELL— It may look like a total dive— strings of Christmas lights and all—but this subterranean seafood restaurant serves up some of the best crab legs in the city. L, D (daily). 676 W. Diversey Pkwy, 773.549.1773. www. halfshellchicago.com Lincoln Park ALINEA— With three distinct experiences (kitchen table, f irst f loor gallery and three second-f loor salons), patrons get to choose what kind of culinary adventure they want to embark upon. Reservations required. D (daily). 1723 N. Halsted St., 312.867.0110. El: Red to North/Clybourn. www. alinearestaurant.com Seafood. houseonline.com ; Curry Hut: 410 Sheridan Road, Highwood, 847.432.2889. www.curryhouseonline.com ELEVEN CITY DINER— Delis/Sandwiches. This Jewish deli and popular lunch spot caters to Chicago’s corned beef- and lox-loving crowd with hand-cut meats, fresh soups and a variety of salads and sandwiches. Breakfast is served all day. B, L, D (daily). 1112 S. Wabash Ave., 312.212.1112. El: Red, Green, Orange to Roosevelt www.elevencitydiner.com MERCAT A LA PLAXNA— Spanish. At this South Loop Spanish hot spot in the historic Blackstone Hotel, signature plates include paella and roasted suckling pig. The dining room boasts an open kitchen, winding central staircase and views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 638 S. Michigan Ave. 312.765.0524. www. theblackstonehotel.com The Loop LATINICITY— Located in State Street’s Block 37 indoor mall, this mega food hall is the Latin street food answer to Italian-focused Eataly. It includes eight different kitchens, a coffee café, bar, market and lounge. L (daily), D (M-Sa). 108 N. State St., Third Floor. 312.795.4444. www.latinicit y. com THE BERGHOFF— German. This classic 1898 bar and downstairs café is a popular spot for steak houses, this classic Italian joint pays tribute to beloved Chicago Cubs sportscaster Harry Caray with walls of sports paraphernalia and a well-executed menu of prime steaks, chops and pastas, plus more casual options like sandwiches and salads. L, D (daily). 33 W. Kinzie St., 312.828.0966. www. harrycarays.com INDIA HOUSE— Indian. Sample fare from across the many regions of India at this well-appointed, comfortable restaurant, featuring dishes like chicken pakoras (deepfried chicken marinated in a blend of masala) and bhindi amchur (fried slices of okra seasoned with tangy Indian spices). L, D (daily). 59 W. Grand Ave., 312.645.9500. www. indiahousechicago.com STK CHICAGO— Steak house. Blending a modern steakhouse with a chic lounge, you’ll get the trendiest fine dining experience. Expect to find carefully prepared, artful imaginations of steak, shellfish, fish, chicken and more. D (daily). 9 W. Kinzie St., 312.340.5636. www. stksteakhouse.com South Loop CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE— Indian. Traditional Indian and Nepalese dishes are the specialty at this reasonably priced South Loop spot. The popular lunch buffet offers more than 22 items. L, D (daily), hours vary by location. 899 S. Plymouth Court, 312.362.9999. com El: Red to Harrisonwww.curry- Hibachi-style cooking and Japanese-style ambiance star at this restaurant, where chefs prepare dinner at guests’ tables with considerable showmanship. L, D (daily). 875 N. Michigan Ave., 312.780.3110. www.benihana.com CAFE SPIAGGIA— Italian fare that’s just a step below the four-star items at Spiaggia like handmade gnocchi with wild boar ragu. L (M-Sa), D (daily). 980 N. Michigan Ave., 312.280.2750. El: Red to Chicago, Clark/ Division. www. spiaggiarestaurant.com EATALY— There’s enough wine, produce, cheese, fish and meat to feed a small Italian village. Choose from 20-plus dining options, pick up wine and specialty items. 43 E. Ohio St., 312.521.8700. El: Red to Grand. www.eataly.com Italian. River North Japanese. BARTON G. THE Italian. American. Barton G. caters to adults craving new experiences and quality food. Their mission is to shock and awe your senses and push the boundaries of your imagination and culinary expectations. D (daily). 415 N. Dearborn St., 312.260.5050. www.bartong.com HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE— Steak house. One of the city’s top
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