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Here Are 20 Iconic Dishes at Restaurants in Chicago

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So what makes something an icon? Does it have to have been around for years? Is it something that could be an instant classic? Or is it something that no matter how new or old a restaurant is, it's that one dish that you have to have when you're there?

For this first-ever collection of Iconic Chicago Dishes, we discussed, debated and reached out to Eater readers to pull together a list of 20 dishes throughout the city. Is this the be-all-end-all list? Probably not. Did we miss things? Probably. But for now, here are 20 dishes that we think—and many of you agree—should be on this list. With that, have at it. Missing something or don't agree with an entry? Let us know in the comments.

For more iconic dishes from across the Eater Universe, head over to Eater National.

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1. Avec Restaurant -- Bacon-Wrapped Dates

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615 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

2. Sun Wah BBQ -- Peking Duck

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5039 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Hot Doug's -- Chicago Dog & Duck Fat Fries

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3324 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

4. Alinea -- Hot Potato Cold Potato

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1723 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Al's Beef -- Italian Beef

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1079 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

6. Manny's -- Corned Beef & Potato Pancake

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1141 S Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60607

7. Lou Malnati's -- Chicago Classic

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6649 N Lincoln Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712

8. The Anthem -- Juicy Lucy

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1725 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

9. Gibsons -- W.R.'s Chicago Cut

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1028 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Xoco -- Churros & Chocolate

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449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Ina's -- Heavenly Hots

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1235 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

12. Hopleaf -- Mussels & Frites

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5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
773-334-9851

13. The Bristol -- Basque Cake

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2152 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

14. Urban Belly -- Ramen

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3053 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

15. Tru -- Caviar

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676 N St Clair St
Chicago, IL 60611
312-202-0001

16. GT Fish & Oyster -- Lobster Roll

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531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

17. Twin Anchors Restaurant -- Ribs

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1655 N Sedgwick St
Chicago, IL 60614

18. Crisp -- Seoul Sassy Chicken

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2940 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

19. Duke of Perth -- Fish & Chips

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2913 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

20. Old Fashioned Donuts -- Apple Fritter

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11248 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60628
773-995-7420

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1. Avec Restaurant -- Bacon-Wrapped Dates

615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
615 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

2. Sun Wah BBQ -- Peking Duck

5039 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
5039 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Hot Doug's -- Chicago Dog & Duck Fat Fries

3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
3324 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

4. Alinea -- Hot Potato Cold Potato

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
1723 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Al's Beef -- Italian Beef

1079 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
1079 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

6. Manny's -- Corned Beef & Potato Pancake

1141 S Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60607
1141 S Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60607

7. Lou Malnati's -- Chicago Classic

6649 N Lincoln Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
6649 N Lincoln Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712

8. The Anthem -- Juicy Lucy

1725 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
1725 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

9. Gibsons -- W.R.'s Chicago Cut

1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
1028 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Xoco -- Churros & Chocolate

449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Ina's -- Heavenly Hots

1235 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
1235 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

12. Hopleaf -- Mussels & Frites

5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

13. The Bristol -- Basque Cake

2152 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
2152 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

14. Urban Belly -- Ramen

3053 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
3053 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

15. Tru -- Caviar

676 N St Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611
676 N St Clair St
Chicago, IL 60611

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16. GT Fish & Oyster -- Lobster Roll

531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

17. Twin Anchors Restaurant -- Ribs

1655 N Sedgwick St, Chicago, IL 60614
1655 N Sedgwick St
Chicago, IL 60614

18. Crisp -- Seoul Sassy Chicken

2940 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
2940 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

19. Duke of Perth -- Fish & Chips

2913 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
2913 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

20. Old Fashioned Donuts -- Apple Fritter

11248 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60628
11248 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60628

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