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Chicago’s Restaurant Experts Name Their Top Restaurant Newcomers of 2019

Shockingly, Time Out Chicago’s editor really likes Time Out Market

A bright sashimi dish that’s shaped like a disc.
Jeong’s Korean fare added another heavy hitter to West Town.
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To continue the tradition of asking Chicago’s food writers and critics to sum up their year in dining, they named their favorite new restaurants in 2019.

Chandra Ram, Plate: Thattu, Galit, Jeong, Kikko, Superkhana and Wherewithall shook the dust off of Chicago’s restaurant scene. Kostali has enough of the great Naha flavors and vibe. And I want to add an honorable mention to Virtue, which opened in late 2018 but rightfully dominated my dining recommendations to visiting chefs and food writers.

Titus Ruscitti, ChiBBQKing: Gaijin, Jeong, Tzuco, Tortello, Politan Row, Ali Baba Doner, Barbaro Taqueria, Torchio Pasta Bar, Lola’s Coney Island, Middlebrow Bungalow, Carnitas Uruapan Restaurant, Tacos de Canasta Don Rossy.

Ji Suk Yi, WGN Radio, Sun-Times: Galit, Wherewithall.

Michael Nagrant, Funkenhausen, Bar Kumiko/Kikko, Bayan Ko, Jeong, Galit, Cafe Cancale

Ariel Cheung, Plate, Chicago, Time Out Chicago, Block Club: My personal favorites — the food that really excited me — were Wherewithall, Jeong and Kumiko.

Morgan Olsen, Time Out Chicago: I’m admittedly quite proud of Time Out Market Chicago — where else can you find eats from Abe Conlon (Fat Rice), Thai Dang (Hai Sous), John Manion (El Che Steakhouse and Bar) and Lost Larson under one roof? I also loved Kumiko, Wherewithall, Tzuco and Thattu.

Jeff Ruby, Chicago: Wherewithall, Jeong, Tzuco, Claudia.


1462 E. 53rd Street, Chicago, IL

Lola's Coney Island

2858 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 773-687-9459 Visit Website

Bayan ko

1810 West Montrose Avenue, , IL 60613 (773) 698-6373 Visit Website

Superkhana International

3059 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-9028 Visit Website


111 North Aberdeen Street, , IL 60607 (708) 669-6716 Visit Website

Barbaro Taqueria y Cantina

2525 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 Visit Website

Politan Row

2445 Times Boulevard, , TX 77005 (713) 489-2546 Visit Website

Carnitas Uruapan Restaurant

1725 West 18th Street, , IL 60608 (312) 226-2654 Visit Website


1746 West Division Street, , IL 60622 (773) 360-1293 Visit Website

Lola’s Coney Island

2858 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 687-9459 Visit Website


2429 North Lincoln Avenue, , IL 60614 (773) 360-8755 Visit Website


720 North State Street, , IL 60654 (312) 374-8995 Visit Website

Ali Baba Doner

, Chicago, IL 60614

Cafe Cancale

1576 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 Visit Website

Fat Rice

2957 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-9170 Visit Website


1709 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60622 (312) 929-4727 Visit Website

Middle Brow Bungalow

2840 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 Visit Website


521 North Rush Street, , IL 60611 (312) 645-1500 Visit Website


3472 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60618 (773) 692-2192 Visit Website

Time Out Market Chicago

916 West Fulton Market, , IL 60607 (312) 637-3888 Visit Website


1952 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL Visit Website


1460 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60642 (312) 877-5016 Visit Website


500 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 321-6242 Visit Website

Carnitas Uruapan

1725 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (312) 226-2654 Visit Website


160 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 263-0260 Visit Website

Lost Larson

2140 West Division Street, , IL 60622 (773) 770-9015 Visit Website


950 West Lake Street, , IL 60607 (312) 265-1348 Visit Website


630 West Lake Street, , IL 60661 (312) 285-2912 Visit Website

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