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 installment of the Eater 38 features two openings within the last year and one Chicago icon. Curtis Duffy's Grace reminds Chicago diners that fine dining isn't dead, Mark Steuer's Carriage House reinforces that Chicago can elevate Southern cuisine and cocktails, and Hot Doug's draws attention and stomachs from around the world.
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.