It's time to update 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. Every few months, we'll add pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months) or have stepped up their game. And keep in mind, this list is presented in no particular order.
This first edition in 2014 of the Eater 38 brings back Lillie's Q and adds Sticky Rice and Edzo's Burger Shop. Lillie's Q exited the 38 after a devastating fire; now that it's shown to be at full force again, it gets the nod. Sticky Rice is chosen to represent Chicagoans' Thai food fixation, and Edzo's our fascination with burgers of the thin variety. Now in a new location, Urban Belly needs to reprove itself. Sun Wah exits after problems with DOH.
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.Read More