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The 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, November '10

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Introducing the Eater 38, your answer and ours 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 of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck (i.e. no fine dining, save one extraordinary spot). Every couple of months, we'll update the list with pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months) or have stepped up their game.

And so, without further ado (and in no particular order), we present the Chicago Eater 38.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Alinea

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1723 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-0110
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2. Anteprima

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5316 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 506-9990
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3. Hopleaf

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5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-9851
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4. avec

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615 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 377-2002
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5. Great Lake

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1477 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-9270

6. Urban Belly

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3053 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 583-0500
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7. Hot Doug's

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3324 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 279-9550
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8. Kuma's Corner

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2900 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 604-8769
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9. Irazu

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1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-5687
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10. The Bristol

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2152 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 862-5555
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11. Lao Sze Chuan

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2172 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-5040

12. Purple Pig

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500 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1744
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13. Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar

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954 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 292-1616
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14. Smoque BBQ

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3800 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 545-7427
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15. Ceres' Table

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4882 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-4882
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16. HB Home Bistro

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3404 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 661-0299
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17. Wakamono Sushi Bar

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3317 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-6800
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18. Perennial

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1800 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 981-7070
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19. Francesca's Pizzeria Napoletana

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2423 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-3400
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20. DMK Burger Bar

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2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 360-8686
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21. Kith and Kin

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1119 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 472-7070
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22. Longman and Eagle

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2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-7110
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23. Bonsoiree

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2728 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 486-7511
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24. Nightwood Restaurant

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2119 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 526-3385
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25. XOCO

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449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 334-3688
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26. Gilt Bar

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230 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 464-9544
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27. Piccolo Sogno

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464 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 421-0077
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28. Hemas Kitchen

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2439 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(312) 338-1627
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29. Demera Ethiopian

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4801 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-8787
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30. Sun Wah Bar-B-Que

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5039 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-1254
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31. Pho Xe Tang/Tank Noodle

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4952 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-2253

32. De Cero Restaurant

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814 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 455-8114
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33. Glenn's Diner

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1820 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 506-1720
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34. Coalfire

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1321 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 226-2625
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35. Big Star

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1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-4039
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36. Jam

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937 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-0302
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37. Chickpea

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2018 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 384-9930
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38. Tac Quick

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3930 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 327-5253
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1. Alinea

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

2. Anteprima

5316 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
5316 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Hopleaf

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

4. avec

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

5. Great Lake

1477 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
1477 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

6. Urban Belly

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

7. Hot Doug's

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

8. Kuma's Corner

2900 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
2900 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

9. Irazu

1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. The Bristol

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

11. Lao Sze Chuan

2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
2172 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

12. Purple Pig

500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611