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Several Chicago restaurants and bars have been named the best in the U.S.

Kasama, Kumiko and more are winners in Food & Wine's 2024 Global Tastemaker Awards.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai

Spoiler: Chicago is one of the world’s best cities for eating and drinking.

Food & Wine has announced the winners of its Global Tastemakers Awards for 2024, and the Windy City was, predictably, feted. Chicago ranked No. 3 in the Top U.S. Cities for Food and Drinks, with the publication praising everything from Hermosa’s Cambodian fried chicken sandwich to the goat tacos at Birrieria Zaragoza

“No matter your budget or appetite, Chicago’s wonderfully diverse food scene has you covered,” Food & Wine contributor Katie Chang wrote.

Kasama—the modern Filipino hotspot that’s racked up numerous accolades, including a Michelin star and a James Beard Award for chefs Genie Kwon and Tim Flores—landed at No. 5 on the list of Top 20 Restaurants in the U.S. The all-day concept serves comforting Filipino classics and bakery items by day, transitioning into a tasting menu experience at night. 

The city was also lauded for its baking scene, coming in at No. 4 for Top U.S. Cities for Bakeries. Thanks to an abundance of amazing bakeries in Chicago, locals are spoiled for choice. Whether it’s Mindy Segal’s exceptional pastries or Greg Wade’s award-winning loaves at Publican Quality Bread, there’s no shortage of tantalizing baked goods to enjoy.

Three Chicago bars were honored on the list of 15 Top Bars in the U.S. Kumiko, the Japanese dining bar from Julia Momosé, was ranked No. 9; longtime cocktail temple The Violet Hour was No. 12; and chic cocktail lounge After—the sibling to Curtis Duffy’s Michelin-starred Ever—was No. 15. For more stellar drinks, check out Time Out’s list of the best bars in Chicago.

This year’s winners were decided by an expert panel of judges after more than 180 food and travel journalists from around the globe nominated their favorite restaurants, bars, bakeries and more for consideration. 

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