If you know me in real life, or if you’ve been following along on the ‘gram, then you probably know about my love of good food. I also happen to think that Chicago offers some of the best bites in the country, which is why today on the blog I’m talking about my top 5 fave places to eat around town. (You won’t be surprised to find that more than half my picks are Asian–but none of that fusion stuff or bad Chinese takeout–I’m talking the kind of mouth-watering, authentic goodness like your favorite Asian grandma makes (hi, mom!).
Whenever I am in the city, I make it a point to hit up one of these spots–go check it out if you can!
Ba Le (5014 N. Broadway St.)
Get the BBQ Pork Banh Mi – this traditional Vietnamese sandwich has thinly sliced grilled pork flavored with lemongrass and lemon fish sauce! I’ve been eating here with my entire family since I was a kid.
Hon Kee (1064 W. Argyle St.)
You’ll want to order a roast duck–you know, one of the ones that hang in the window. Personally, I think they have THE best Chinese BB-Q in all of Chicago. And try the fresh dumplings that they make by hand. Asians always say the thinner the dumpling skin, the better–and Hon Kee dumplings are paper-thin, you can almost see the insides! Another place I’ve been eating at since I was a little girl. So much I know everyone there including the owners!
Little Goat Diner (820 W. Randolph St.)
Okay, seriously. This diner is owned by Top Chef Stephanie Izard and it is the cutest. (I mean, just look at their rad website, for starters!) I love taking the kids here on weekends. For brekkie, I like the Bi Bim Bop Breakfast Bowl; lunch, get the Pork Belly Pancake; and dinner, always the Pork Belly Ramen. Trust me!
Luella’s Southern Kitchen (4609 N. Lincoln Ave.)
When I’m not fixing for Asian flavors, Luella’s is a tried and true, oldie but goodie! Featuring Southern flavors and classic comfort foods, you can’t go wrong with the Fried Chicken and Collard Greens or the Braised Short Rib Mac and Cheese.
Saigon Bistro (6242-44 N. California Ave.)
I basically always order 5lbs of the frozen crawfish–and that’s just for myself! Their secret sauce is seriously made by the food gods themselves!
Happy eating! If you try any of these places above, be sure to leave me a comment about what you think!