Ballast Point started out in San Diego, but we’re glad it came to Chicago, because it has great beer and above-average bar food (including a “California burrito” that’s just like a regular burrito but with fries - proving that occasionally the West Coast can be just as unhealthy as the Midwest). The huge space feels like a sports bar, and is perfect for big groups who want to hang out and watch a game.
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Blackbird is an upscale restaurant in the West Loop with tasting menu options and a great weekday lunch.
Elske is a tasting menu spot in West Loop that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and we’re big fans.
Comforting and reliable Greek food for when you're in the mood to light cheese on fire.
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Good Fortune is a New American spot in Logan Square with a frequently changing menu.
Mortar and Pestle
Mortar and Pestle is a cute daytime only restaurant menu in Lakeview with mostly interesting things on the menu.
Parson’s Chicken & Fish
Parson’s Fried Chicken & Fish serves good fried chicken on the best patio in town. This is an excellent hangout spot when it’s nice outside.
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Limitless Coffee & Tea
Limitless is a coffee shop in the West Loop with excellent coffee and great food.
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