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Jan 22, 2014 01:04 PM

Best dinner (food) in Chicago

I know this question might be impossible to answer, but I'm going to pose it anyway. Which restaurant had the best food you've had in Chicago/suburbs? I'm not concerned with ambience, only with how good the food tasted in your mouth.

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  1. Alinea, then L20. But I'm an out-of-towner who only comes to Chicago once or rarely twice a year, so I've only dined at those two (Alinea 4x, L20 3x) and Grace (1x), so I don't have much breadth of experience.

    1. In my opinion based on pure taste of the food alone and nothing else, Goosefoot would receive my vote. Grace would come in second. I also love Chef Wolen's cooking (formerly of the Lobby, but now at Boka when they reopen next month). Many other great places in Chicago, but those would be my top three right now just basing on taste and not ambiance/service/value etc.

      1. That's a really tough question to answer. There are so many really wonderful restaurants in town - and in every price range.

        What's best is totally subjective. Everything that was mentioned is excellent. But really hard to choose a "best."

        1. it's pretty much a tie between

          Sol de Mexico, 3018 North Cicero


          Da Rae Jung, 5220 North Lincoln

          1. 1. Schwa
            2. The pastries at Bad Wolf Coffee
            3. Goosefoot
            4. Senza
            5. The Lobby(last year when Lee Wolen was the chef)