Chicago Restaurant Guide

One of the best things about traveling by motorcoach is getting to eat out at new places! Chicago offers ethnically diverse dining options and is a favorite amongst local foodie tours!  The Windy City was recently named “Best City Food” By Munchies People Choice Awards. All cities and towns have local haunts that are popular with the locals, regional chains and ethnic hot spots and this is certainly true in the City of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Whether you are looking for a slice of famous deep dish pizza or a prime cut of steak, you will have no trouble selecting a different restaurant each night of the week. Here are just seven amongst countless local restaurants that you may consider visiting when you are in the Chicago area.

Petterino’s

Address: 150 N. Dearborn Chicago, IL 60601

Phone Number: (312) 422-0150

Website: www.petterinos.com

If you are planning a trip to see a live performance in the theater district then why not start the evening with dinner at Petterino’s. Mixed in amidst various theaters, Petterino’s classic dinner menu will be sure to tempt the pickiest eater. Decked out in 1940’s decor, the ambiance is rich, warm and luxurious without being pompous. Sketches of famous performers line the walls while rich red material covers the bench seating and tables. When dining at Petterino’s, you will can choose from items like: Tomato Bisque soup, Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Omelet, Spaghetti Bolognese, Yankee Pot Roast, Whitefish Picatta, Chicken Armando, Petterino’s Cheesecake, Tiramisu, Crème Brule, Raspberry Macaroons and more. Additionally gluten free items such as Prime Skirt Steak, Grilled Chicken Breast and Atlantic Salmon are available on a separate menu. Petterino’s also provides an extensive drink menu to go along with their food. Serving both domestic and imported wine, cocktails, martinis and more, you are sure to fine the perfect drink to help you wash down your food.

La Cantina

Address: 71 West Monroe Ave, Chicago, Il

Phone Number: (312) 332-7005

Website: www.lacantina-chicago.com.

What better city is there to indulge in a bit of authentic Italian food than Chicago?  At La Cantina you can experience the savory tastes of Italian cooking as you indulge yourself with a prime cut of steak or seafood. With classic brick interior, intimate seating and low lighting, you are sure to enjoy not only the food but also the feel of the restaurant. Some of the dishes you are sure to find on their menu include: Calamari Fritti, Italian Meatball Sandwich, Manicotti, Sogliola al Forno, Pollo alla Vesuvio, Veal alla Marsala, Filet Pizzaiola and more. And like any good Italian restaurant they have a large selection of wines from all over the world.

Shanghai Terrace

Address: 108 E Superior Chicago, IL 60611

Phone Number: (312) 573-6744

Website: www.peninsula.com/Chicago

For fine Chinese dining, try the Shanghai Terrace located within the Peninsula Hotel. Decorated to look the picture of a 1930’s Asian themed night club, the Shanghai Terrace is classy, unique and ornate. Simple wood tables are warmed by the richly painted and decorated walls. As its name supposes, Shanghai Terrace offers outdoor terrace seating when the weather is warm and dry. This classy restaurant offers such items as: Shanghai Dumpling, Shrimp Spring Roll, Scallop Bean Curd Sheet, Kung Pao Chicken, Duck Dumpling, Crab Wonton, Hot and Sour Melon Soup, Steamed Market Fish, Beijing Style Pork Chops, Asian Pear and Almond Spring Roll, Bird’s Nest Soup, Pistachio Parfait and more. Between the food and the ambiance, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Heaven on Seven- Naperville

Address: 224 S. Main Street, Naperville, IL 60540

Phone Number: (630) 717-0777

Website: www.heavenonseven.com

If you’re after some finger-licking good Cajun southern food then Heaven on Seven is just the place for you. Located minutes from the Downtown Riverwalk, Cardinal Buses can take you on a quick jaunt to Heaven on Seven is easy to locate and enjoy. This relaxed restaurant is the perfect place to come when you’ve had a long day of travel or meetings. At Heaven on Seven you are sure to enjoy some tasty Cajun delights while you enjoy a pint of your favorite beer. Heaven on Seven serves some of the following dishes: Shrimp VooDoo, Angry Chicken, Mardi Gras Jambalaya, Cajun Cheeseburger, Gumboroni and more.

Blackbird

Address: 619 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60661

Phone Number: (312) 715-0708

Website: www.blackbirdrestaurant.com

For classic, minimalist experience in New American food, visit the Blackbird. Refined simplicity and unembellished decor make this restaurant stand out among its many competitors. White spaces and gentle colors let the eyes and mind relax as you enjoy an artful meal. During your visit, you can expect to choose from such menu items as: blue hill bay bouchot mussel soup, wood grilled sturgeon, roasted leg of lamb, duck fat poached elk strip loin, frozen cucumber mouse with musk melon, sesame chiffon, bittersweet chocolate crème and more.

Smoque BBQ

Address: 3800 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago, IL 60641

Phone Number: (773)545-7427

Website: www.smoquebbq.com

Who doesn’t enjoy a great barbecued dinner on occasion, especially when you don’t have to do the labor intensive cooking yourself. Rubs and sauces made from scratch and meat cooked over a wood fire are just two things that make the food at Smoque BBQ worth a visit. When you come to Smoque BBQ you can leave your three piece suit or designer dress at home and just enjoy a relaxed evening of good hearty food. Here are some of the menu items you can usually fine at Smoque BBQ: St. Louis Ribs, Baby Back Ribs, Chopped Brisket Sandwich, Texas Sausage, Pulled Pork Plater, Coleslaw, BBQ Beans, Fresh Cut Fries, Peach Cobbler and more.

Greek Islands

Address: 200 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661

Phone Number: (312) 454-0937

Website: www.greekislands.net

For a taste of fine Greek food without having to leave the county visit Greek Islands where you are sure to satisfy all your Greek food cravings. Since 1971 this restaurant has been serving high quality, authentic Greek food to locals and tourists in the Chicago area. One reason for the authentic flavor is imports. Greek Islands imports some of the finest olive oil, wines, cheeses and spices directly from Greece. Here are some of the select items you will be able to choose form when you visit Greek Islands: Cold Octopus Salad, Fakyes soup, Vegetarian Mousaka, Gyros, Spinach Cheese Pie, Roast Loin of Lamb, Shrimp Tourkolimano, Pan Fried Smelts, and more.