What’s the best part about eating? You know it’s only a matter of time until you’re hungry again!
The same old options can get tiresome but never fear. New restaurants are always opening up in Chicago. Try one tonight...or the next time hunger strikes.
Photo via Facebook/Red Fish, Bleu Fish
5121 S. Harper Ave. - Hyde Park
Seafood is what's on the menu at this new Hyde Park hotspot. Red Fish, Bleu Fish—a nod to chef Jovanis Bourgoub's French origin—has created a comfortable neighborhood destination with dishes ranging from conch chowder to ceviche to baked lobster tail, plus an array of fruity cocktails from the bar to wash it all down with.
Photo via Facebook.com/No Bones Beach Club
1943 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park
Since opening, No Bones Beach Club has been described as a vegan "mecca" more than once. The West Coast-based chain's first Chicago location is colorful, unsurprisingly beach-y and absolutely delicious. Go there for "brunchies" and "dranks"—their words, not ours.
Photo via Facebook/Grand Trunk Road
1417 W. Fullerton Ave. - Lincoln Park
Named after one of South Asia's oldest trading roads, Grand Trunk Road bridges regional fares through an impressive variety of proteins—from goat shoulder to king crab—spices, herbs and other tasty things.
Photo via Facebook/Carnitas Uruapan
2813 W. 55th St. - Gage Park
We realize this isn't the first location of Carnitas Uruapan, nor is there anything "new" about some of Chicago's best taco purveyors. Carnitas Uruapan's Gage Park location opened in February, 44 years after the original Pilsen taqueria opened its doors. The new space is larger with bigger kitchen space, meaning diners won't have to wait as long for their food. Don't be surprised if you still encounter a line though. This Chicago secret has been out since 1975!
Photo via Facebook/Vajra
1329 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town
The menu at Vajra, food and drinks included, is as colorful as it is flavorful as it is elegant. West Town's new Nepalese and Indian restaurant brings fare not found many places to the neighborhood. The seafood curries especially peak our interests but don't skip on a full examination of the dinner menu. It's all good.
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2119 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town
Formerly Brothers and Sisters, All Together Now is West Town's newest cafe, market and bottle shop. Here you can stop in for light bites like salt and vinegar chickpeas paired with a glass of wine, make a full meal of it with one of the restaurant's larger entrees or buy some cured meat, wine and cheese to bring home. You can't go wrong with any of these options.
Photo via Facebook/Ajo
752 W. 33rd St. - Bridgeport
The owners of much-loved South Side restaurant nana launched their latest restaurant concept in February. The new spot's dining room is small so it's best for delivery or takeout. Ajo's entrees are mostly bowl based, center around Caribbean fare and true to the owners' values of sustainable, natural dining. "Ajo" is Spanish for "garlic"—a prominent ingredient in the kitchen's menu and we're very into that.
Photo via Facebook/Lola's Coney Island
2858 W. Chicago Ave. - Humboldt Park
Chicago is pretty protective of our signature hot dog style, but we're willing to give the amazing Detroit-style dogs (chili, mustard and diced onion) Lola's is dishing out a pass. Don't worry, this cute south Humboldt Park hot dog stand also serves up a traditional Chicago-style hot dog as well as a New Yorker with sauerkraut, burgers, sandwiches and more!
Photo via Facebook/Cebu
2211 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park
Filipino food? Say no more. We're always down for the sweet and savory flavors it brings and Chicago's latest Filipino outpost, Cebu, offers a menu that's mouthwatering from start to finish. Don't forget to finish off your meal with a scoop of perfectly purple ube ice cream.
Photo via Facebook/Flat & Point
3524 W. Fullerton Ave. - Logan Square
Logan Square seems on track to soon represent all culinary corners, so it's about time a new, go-to barbecue eatery opened in the neighborhood. Nearly everything on Flat & Point's menu (save for the salads) is done on a wood-fired grill, soaking up layers of flavor along the way.
Photo via Facebook/Ocean Prime
87 E. Wacker Dr. - The Loop
The multi-city steakhouse concept from Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants has landed in Chicago. Splurge on steaks, sushi, a raw bar and more at this upscale dining room nestled into the corner of Michigan and Wacker.
Photo via Facebook/Cabra
200 N. Green St. - West Loop
Stephanie Izard, queen of West Loop dining, brings her latest concept to the rooftop of The Hoxton hotel. The food at Cabra, a Peruvian-inspired cervecheria, is as unmissable as the views here. Once you've tackled the rooftop restaurant, make a return trip to The Hoxton to have a go with Cira, the ground floor restaurant serving fantastic Mediterranean meals all day long.
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1460 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town
Following the success of his suburban restaurant Hanbun, Korean chef Dave Park brought his first city-based restaurant to the former Green Zebra space for one of the most highly anticipated openings of the year. The menu is purposefully adventurous while still retaining familiarity. The converted space is beautiful. The drinks are strong, just how we like them.
Photo via Facebook/ROOH
736 W. Randolph St. - West Loop
A "modern" Indian experience is what ROOH promises and, so far, it delivers. Take, for instance, the speaker system you're greeted by in the restaurant's front room. The summery cocktail menu makes use of tropical flavors like guava and hibiscus. The lengthy food menu makes for a fun shared-plate experience that will likely have you hanging around for a few rounds.
Photo via Facebook/Galit
2429 N. Lincoln Ave. - Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park's highly anticipated restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Zach Engel lives up to its hype. Galit offers an assortment of Middle Eastern classics pleasing to both vegetarians and carnivores, plus a $65/person tasting menu great for exploring all corners of the menu.