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Chicago Food Writers Reveal Their Top Restaurant Standbys of 2017

Pizza, bakeries and cafes top these food writers’ lists

Nick Murway

As the world gets ready to bid adieu to 2017, Eater asked a group of local Chicago critics and writers about the year in restaurants and bars. The nine questions varied from their favorite dining neighborhoods to what we can expect for headlines in 2018. Here are their answers — copied and pasted, totally unadulterated — for their top restaurant standbys in 2017.

Carrie Schedler, Chicago magazine: I ate more food from Floriole, MingHin, Cellar Door Provisions, Juno, Boka, Parachute, Roister, and Northern Taste than anywhere else this year. (I think I'm 90 percent carbohydrate at this point.)

Mike Sula, Chicago Reader: D’Candela, Aroy Thai, Taqueria el Asadero, Lawrence Fish Market, House of Wah Sun, Joong Boo Snack Corner, Jet’s Pizza (Turbo Crust ®)

Morgan Olsen, Time Out Chicago: My credit card statements don't lie: Cellar Door Provisions, Mott St., Mi Tocaya, Revival Food Hall and Small Cheval.

Chandra Ram, Plate: Avec (always and forever). The food and vibe at Baker Miller makes me incredibly productive and happy when I park myself there with my laptop for a morning of breakfast and writing. Floriole is another favorite for working and eating, and Bebu is practically a conference room for us at Plate; we hold half of our meetings there. And Café Marie-Jeanne and City Mouse are my spots for the sometimes absolutely necessary 3pm cocktail and bite.

Michael Nagrant, RedEye: Paulie Gee’s Logan Square, Lee’s Chop Suey, Panda Express, Rainbow Thai, Giant, Coalfire Pizza

Michael Gebert, Fooditor: Anywhere I go more than once in the same year is a favorite by definition. Three times or more: Proxi, Quiote, Hai Sous/Ca Phe Da, Cafe Izalco, Arbor, and counting delivery, Pizzeria Bebu.

Matt Kirouac, Zagat: Split-Rail opening in my neighborhood has been a real blessing. I can't get enough of those fancy chicken nuggets, and the cocktails are sublime. Others: Estereo, Owen & Engine, La Sirena Clandestina, Whiner Beer's taproom, Vol. 39.

Vol. 39

39 South LaSalle Street, , IL 60603 (312) 604-9909 Visit Website


615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661 (312) 377-2002 Visit Website

Cellar Door Provisions

3025 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 697-8337 Visit Website


1729 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 (312) 337-6070 Visit Website


384 Hayes Street, , CA 94102 (415) 626-1211 Visit Website


2450 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 Visit Website

Small Cheval

1732 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 Visit Website

Baker Miller

4655 North Lincoln Avenue, , IL 60625 (773) 654-3610 Visit Website


3500 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60618 (872) 204-7138 Visit Website

La Sirena Clandestina

954 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 226-5300 Visit Website

Pizzeria Bebu

1521 N Fremont St, Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 280-6000


2456 North California Avenue, , IL 60647 (312) 878-8571 Visit Website


3707 North Southport Avenue, , IL 60613 (773) 477-2625 Visit Website


951 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 789-4896

City Mouse

311 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 764-1908 Visit Website

Lawrence Fish Market

3920 West Lawrence Avenue, , IL 60625 (773) 267-6838 Visit Website

Revival Food Hall

125 South Clark Street, , IL 60603 (773) 999-9411 Visit Website


3209 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 252-0997 Visit Website


565 West Randolph Street, , IL 60661 (312) 466-1950 Visit Website


2500 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 697-4413 Visit Website

Owen & Engine

2700 North Western Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 235-2930 Visit Website