It's time to update the Eater 38, the answer to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and collectively satisfies all restaurant needs. Every few months, pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months) or have stepped up their game will be added. This list is presented in geographical order from north to south.
For the fall 2017 edition, Chicago's suburban Korean destination run by an Eater Young Gun (Hanbun), Logan Square's groundbreaking Mexican restaurant Mi Tocaya Antojeria, and Wicker Park's legacy New Haven-style pizzeria and brewery (Piece) come aboard the 38. Meanwhile, La Sirena Clandestina, El Ideas, and Demera Ethiopian Restaurant come off to make room after all three enjoyed very long stints on the 38.Read More