Best of 2013: 10 best restaurants and bars in Chicago
From a teeny-tiny barbecue shack to a new fine dining spot, here are the best restaurants in Chicago in 2013.
1/10Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth RivasSmalls Smoke Shack & More may be tiny, but there�s big BBQ happening inside.
2/10Photograph: Erica Gannettsunchoke at Grace
3/10Photograph: Anjali PintoA Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea is a tiki drink at Three Dots and a Dash.
4/10Photograph: Erica GannettSlider at Sumi
5/10Photograph: Martha WilliamsSpace Juice for Jered is a contemporary punch on the menu at Punch House.
6/10Photograph: Martha WilliamsParatha tacos at En Hakkore
7/10Photograph: Martha WilliamsCebiche Clasico at Tanta, a new restaurant from Peruvian celebrity chef Gaston Acurio which opened in River North in July.
8/10Photograph: Oriana KorenBilly Sunday
9/10Photograph: Max HermanEataly (43 E Ohio Ave, 312-321-5944, eataly.com) opened this month and immediately elevated Chicago's Italian food scene. With dozens of eateries, a wine bar and a brewery, and a Nutella bar, Eataly ensures you'll eat very well. But as home cooks, we're also excited about the shops, which sell meats, cheeses, fresh pasta and imported Italian goods we previously didn't have access to.
10/10Photograph: Martha WiliiamsBad Wolf Coffee, a Dr. Who-themed coffee shop, opened this summer.
By Amy Cavanaugh|
It was a very good year in the Chicago food world. While we lost some favorites along the way—Great Lake, City Provisions, West Town Tavern, Sprout and the Tasting Room closed, and Ina's closes on December 31—we had even more great openings. Before we start though, here's a caveat—since we wait to visit brand-new restaurants, we can't include very recent openings. And since one particular noteworthy restaurant opened in December 2012 (Grace), but was reviewed in 2013, we've included it here. And so, from a splashy new tiki bar and a vast Italian megastore, these are 2013's best restaurants in Chicago, and the bars that wowed us.