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Tomato Season: Where to Eat Now

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Tomato season is in full swing, which means you'll see plenty of plump, ripe tomatoes at farmers markets in the coming weeks. Chicago restaurants are stocking up as well and creating exciting dishes to take full advantage. From heirloom gazpacho to a twist on the classic BLT, you'll taste the in-season freshness of tomatoes at these following restaurants. So if you're a tomato lover, it's that time of the year to enjoy it in a starring role.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Quay

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465 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 981-8111
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Quay makes the most out of tomato season with a lineup of dishes including a pleasant heirloom gazpacho that’s sure to refresh during the hot summer months; a heirloom salad with garlic crostini, shaved parmesan, mozzarella basil pesto and broken balsamic; and fried green tomatoes with rock shrimp & sweet corn ceviche and red rocket aioli.

2. Perennial Virant

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1800 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 981-7070
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Paul Virant’s menu showcases local and seasonal ingredients in abundance. Located just across the street from Green City Market, the restaurant features fried green tomatoes with Slagel Farms ham, cherry bomb aioli and arugula, as well as a tomato and cucumber salad with mouton frais and cured pork stuffed and fried squash blossom, grilled bread, green coriander and garlic scape salsa verde.

3. Café des Architectes

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20 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 324-4063
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The popularity of heirloom tomatoes continues to grow and Café des Architectes highlights the fruit in a Baby Bibb salad—heirloom tomatoes with a watermelon radish and Meyer lemon vinaigrette.

4. Osteria Via Stato

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620 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 337-6634
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Using only the freshest ingredients from the region, Osteria Via Stato delivers traditional Italian cuisine with many dishes featuring tomatoes. From caprese and bruschetta to pastas, hand-rolled gnocchi in a simple tomato sauce and braised short rib with roasted tomatoes, there are plenty of red fruit options to go around the table.

5. Soupbox

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2943 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-9800
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Nothing beats the classics and Soupbox serves up two of the best tomato soups in town. The bisque features fresh tomatoes, roasted garlic and basil finished with a touch of cream while the Tomato Florentine adds onion and spinach with shell pasta in a tomato based beef stock.

6. 2 Sparrows

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553 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 234-2320
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2 Sparrows reinvents an American favorite with its Salmon BLT, featuring grilled salmon, bacon, fresh tomato, red wine aioli and fresh greens on a potato roll. You’ll be hard pressed to go back to regular BLTs after one bite.

7. Chicago Q

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1160 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-1160
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It may not be one of the usual suspects for tomato season but this barbecue spot makes the most of the ingredient in a southern staple, battering green tomatoes in panko breadcrumbs and seasoning them in Chicago q’s signature Pig Powder dry rub and fresh parsley before frying it to crisp perfection.

8. Pizzeria Da Nella Cucina Napoletana

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1443 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 281-6600
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Already on its way to becoming one of Chicago’s favorite pizza spots, tomato season will elevate the outstanding pies at Pizzeria da Nella even further. The varied menu focuses on traditional Italian fare such as caprese, bruschetta, a pomodori salad, pastas with fresh tomato sauce, red pizzas and calzones.

1. Quay

465 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
Quay makes the most out of tomato season with a lineup of dishes including a pleasant heirloom gazpacho that’s sure to refresh during the hot summer months; a heirloom salad with garlic crostini, shaved parmesan, mozzarella basil pesto and broken balsamic; and fried green tomatoes with rock shrimp & sweet corn ceviche and red rocket aioli.
465 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611

2. Perennial Virant

1800 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Paul Virant’s menu showcases local and seasonal ingredients in abundance. Located just across the street from Green City Market, the restaurant features fried green tomatoes with Slagel Farms ham, cherry bomb aioli and arugula, as well as a tomato and cucumber salad with mouton frais and cured pork stuffed and fried squash blossom, grilled bread, green coriander and garlic scape salsa verde.
1800 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Café des Architectes

20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
The popularity of heirloom tomatoes continues to grow and Café des Architectes highlights the fruit in a Baby Bibb salad—heirloom tomatoes with a watermelon radish and Meyer lemon vinaigrette.
20 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611

4. Osteria Via Stato

620 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
Using only the freshest ingredients from the region, Osteria Via Stato delivers traditional Italian cuisine with many dishes featuring tomatoes. From caprese and bruschetta to pastas, hand-rolled gnocchi in a simple tomato sauce and braised short rib with roasted tomatoes, there are plenty of red fruit options to go around the table.
620 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

5. Soupbox

2943 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657
Nothing beats the classics and Soupbox serves up two of the best tomato soups in town. The bisque features fresh tomatoes, roasted garlic and basil finished with a touch of cream while the Tomato Florentine adds onion and spinach with shell pasta in a tomato based beef stock.
2943 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

6. 2 Sparrows

553 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
2 Sparrows reinvents an American favorite with its Salmon BLT, featuring grilled salmon, bacon, fresh tomato, red wine aioli and fresh greens on a potato roll. You’ll be hard pressed to go back to regular BLTs after one bite.
553 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Chicago Q

1160 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
It may not be one of the usual suspects for tomato season but this barbecue spot makes the most of the ingredient in a southern staple, battering green tomatoes in panko breadcrumbs and seasoning them in Chicago q’s signature Pig Powder dry rub and fresh parsley before frying it to crisp perfection.
1160 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610

8. Pizzeria Da Nella Cucina Napoletana

1443 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Already on its way to becoming one of Chicago’s favorite pizza spots, tomato season will elevate the outstanding pies at Pizzeria da Nella even further. The varied menu focuses on traditional Italian fare such as caprese, bruschetta, a pomodori salad, pastas with fresh tomato sauce, red pizzas and calzones.
1443 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

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