We decided to ask local foodies in the Chicago area to give us their choice picks to try during one of the most important weeks this year for windy city based foodies – Chicago Restaurant Week 2017!
Composed of 14 days, from January 27th to February 9th, this event offers dining deals from over 300 Chicago restaurants. With so many choices, we thought you would like some help choosing where to go! From Italian to Japanese these recommendations cover it all, this our Chicago Restaurant Week Guide for Brunch.
“For dinner I would recommend Macello in the West Loop. It’s a great spot a bit off the beaten path with a very cozy and warm atmosphere. Their laganelle tartufate is my favorite pasta dish of all time, and it’s being featured on their restaurant week menu.”
–kel_eats_chicago, Eater | Wino | Traveler
“They offer a great variety of dishes to select from and consistently produce fantastic food every year for restaurant week.”
– travels4food, Miki: Chicago Culinary Explore
Tokio Pub perfectly blends Japanese and Latin flavors, creating the most unique fusion cuisine the ‘burbs has to offer. The ramen burger, tacos, and hot rock appetizer are dishes not to be missed!
– 303eatschi, Alyssa Capalbo: Eater | Drinker | Creator | Explorer
Corridor Brewery and Provisions
– We are a porter and saison kind of couple, and Corridor fits the need here. This is a perfect place to let lunch slide into dinner with plenty of beer options in between. Our highlight (and honestly probably the best thing we’ve had in Chicago yet) was the fried cauliflower and cheese curds
–312foodies, Chicago / Boston Food and Drink
“I’m in love with local seasonal food and there are a bunch of places in the Suburbs that do a great job sourcing local ingredients and making delicious dishes with them. Two sure things for Chicago Restaurant Week are Farmhouse Tavern in Evanston for Brunch and Vie in Western Springs for Dinner. I’ve had memorable meals at both restaurants!”
– Rachell of the Eat The Burbs blog, is a mama in love with exploring the suburbs for the best stuff to eat and drink. If you’re into Suburban Eats be sure to check out her foodie Instagram.
“Osteria Langhe has a “Make yourself at home” feel to it and regular customers — like I have decided to become — will attest that another Italian restaurant on the Logan Square landscape is a dream come true.”
– Chicago Alphabet Soup, Gino Williams
You can never go wrong with traditional Italian food. The staff is warm and playful and the restaurant is beautifully arranged. Splurge on some wine while you’re there and your meal will be complete.
“For Dinner, hands down it’s Boka. Everyone needs to have Chef Lee Wolen’s Heirloom Carrots dish. Also, Chef is too modest but his pastas are fantastic. Plus, the Coffee & Hazelnuts dessert is basically what got Chef Meg nominated for a James Beard. “
– Chiraq Foodie, Pairing tasteless captions with tasteful food
If you’re interested in a course by course breakdown for dinner, Chi EATS offered a deliciously detailed recommendation of enjoying dinner at La Storia. This restaurant has a “very underrated Italian restaurant is situated next to Chicago q off the corner of Dearborn and Division. Come for the incredible Italian food, stay for the old-school, historic, and homey vibe.”, as said by Chi EATS.
If you follow my Instagram @ChiEats, it’s no secret that La Storia is one of my favorite restaurants in the city.
Choose from three of their four courses: antipasti, primi, secondi, and dolce. My Restaurant Week tip? Skip the dessert. You’ll likely be full by then anyways, and the offerings that the other courses present are way too good to pass up.
Their antipasti (appetizer) consists of Arancini– aka traditional Italian fried balls of rice with mozzarella cheese–, and Gnudi– or a gnocchi-like ricotta dumpling.
The primi, or first course offerings, are all pastas. Get your fix with a Pappardelle Bolognese, Lobster and Brown Butter Ravioli, or one of my personal favorite dishes, Rigatoni with crispy lamb sausage.
The secondi, or second course, is where your protein fix comes in. Select the chef’s fish of the day (Pesce del Giorno), Chicken Milanese, or the phenomenal Osso Buco, which is Milanese braised veal.
La Storia is one of those places that I can visit over and over again and never get sick of the menu. Based on the regular prices of menu items, you could expect to spend $70+ on a non-Restaurant Week day. That alone makes this a wonderful Restaurant Week visit, but you’ll be glad you stopped by. SFollow Chi EATS at her Instagram or Facebook. Salute!