@sarahgorman and my own personal version of the Eater 38. Like the list it's based off of, this will be updated as we eat our way through the city.
  1. 1.
    The Purple Pig
    Get the salt roasted beets, rillette, eggplant caponta, turkey leg confit, milk-braised pork shoulder, chicken thigh kebabs, harissa lamb ribs. Basically anything.
  2. 2.
    Bar Pastoral
    Awesome cheese plates.
  3. 3.
    Great for groups. Get the house wine and order a lot and you can stuff yourself full of Italian for $30 per person.
  4. 4.
    Get the special nigiri, especially the salmon and hamachi.
  5. 5.
    Three Dots and a Dash
    Crazy good tiki drinks. My favorite is the Aloha Felicia.
  6. 6.
    Cafe Spiaggia
    Wild boar gnocchi.
  7. 7.
    Do the sushi omakase and the chili hama roll.
  8. 8.
    Lou Malnati's
    Get the Chicago Classic and a salad with their house dressing.
  9. 9.
    Buzz Bait Taqueria
    Tuna and crispy shrimp tacos.
  10. 10.
    Riccardo Trattoria
    Anything here is amazing.
  11. 11.
    Oyster Bah
    Eat lots of seafood duh.
  12. 12.
    Mon Ami Gabi
    The salmon tartare and ribeye are both amazing. Also a pretty decently priced seafood tower.
  13. 13.
    GT Fish & Oyster
  14. 14.
    The Angry Crab
    We get the garlic butter sauce. Shrimp, snow crab, and potatoes with a side of white rice to soak up the sauce. Get enough to bring home leftovers.
  15. 15.
    Try lots of things here.
  16. 16.
    Menu changes frequently but it's all delicious!
  17. 17.
    Eleven City Diner
    The #43 sandwich and matzoh ball soup.
  18. 18.
    The best house salad with ginger dressing ever and the Sunny and Arizona rolls.
  19. 19.
    RPM Italian
    Get the bucatini and ask them to add on the giant meatball. Tuna bruschetta is also awesome.
  20. 20.
    Eataly Chicago
    So many good things but the cacio e pepe at the pasta restaurant is a favorite.
  21. 21.
    The tagliolini nero tastes like the ocean. Also the only tiramisu I've ever liked.
  22. 22.
    Siena Tavern
    The shaved brussel sprout salad and the squid ink linguine.
  23. 23.
    Athenian Room
    Skirt Steak Alexandros or Kalamata Chicken
  24. 24.
    Worth doing once in your life.
  25. 25.
    Bavette's Bar & Beouf
    The shrimp de jonghe and smoked trout caesar. If you go for a steak, go bone-in ribeye or go home.
  26. 26.
    Better food than J Parker and another awesome view!
  27. 27.
    It's a food hall, try a bunch of things!
  28. 28.
    5411 Empanadas
    Bacon, date, goat cheese and sweet corn empanadas.
  29. 29.
    Cafe Ba-ba-reeba!
    Stuffed mushrooms are a favorite but it's all good.
  30. 30.
    Glenn's Diner
    Go Tuesdays for all you can eat king crab legs and have cereal in a chilled bowl for dessert.
  31. 31.
    Kai Zan
    Get one of the regular one of the premium omakase to double the dishes you get to taste
  32. 32.
    Imperial Lamian
    Xiao long bao and char siu buns.
  33. 33.
    Chicago Pizza Oven Grinder
    Pizza pot pie.
  34. 34.
    Three Arts Club Cafe
    You're here for the ambiance but the food is also delish.
  35. 35.
    Le beouf. Duh.
  36. 36.
    Leña Brava
    Everything here is so good. We love the pineapple aguachile and the cod al pastor. Cocktails are on point with a full range of mezcals.
  37. 37.
    Fried chicken buns and crab ramen.
  38. 38.
    Ask if they have the off-menu item of braised lamb shoulder over hummus. Also get the straciatella.