From a Midwestern-focused pasta restaurant that continues to garner praise to a pizzeria serving one-of-a-kind brick oven pies, these Chicago restaurants — New on Resy — have a whole lot to offer.
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3 Arts Club Café
Inside Restoration Hardware, in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, lies 3 Arts Club Café– a stunning restaurant marked by its all-season Grand Courtyard. The Instagram-worthy space features a dining room that’s outfitted with full-grown trees and a giant skylight in lieu of a ceiling. All three meals of the day are offered here, from local yogurt at breakfast, to slow-roasted chicken at dinner. Walk-ins only.
Ideally situated on Michigan Avenue, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, Bandera is the place to go for all things Southwestern. Among the restaurant’s signature offerings is jalapeño iron skillet cornbread, which arrives to your table straight out of the oven, rotisserie chicken that’s roasted all day over an open fire, and live jazz (performed nightly). Book now at Bandera.
Since opening this past June, Daisies has been conjuring up a steady buzz. For its easygoing atmosphere and its brick-lined walls, yes. For its picturesque back patio, landscaped by the chef’s mother, yes. Mostly, however, for chef Joe Frillman’s Midwestern menu, where a slew of homemade, seasonal pastas — according to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine, respectively, “some of the best fresh pasta in Chicago right now” and “among Chicago’s best” — take center stage. Daises gets bonus points for being a family affair; Frillman sources his produce from his brother’s farm in Prairie View, Illinois. Book now at Daises.
Inspired by the autostradas of Italy, the team behind Mino’s converted a 60s era garage into an industrial-chic, modern trattoria in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka. Family-friendly and very good for groups, it’s a place to gather over antipasti, pizze, primi (read: pasta), and other authentic Italian fare. Book now at Mino’s.
In a casual setting in Lincoln Park, Pizzeria Bebu is serving one-of-a-kind, crispy brick-oven pizza made with locally sourced ingredients. Given that Chicago is a town dominated by its fair share of pizza offerings, it’s no small feat that Bebu shines through. It is the first restaurant owned by Zach Smith, although he brings with him a wealth of industry experience, including stints at Nico Osteria and RPM Italian; while his executive chef, Jeff Lutzow, put in time at Nico Osteria and Publican. Book now at Pizzeria Bebu.
The Promontory offers hearth-to-table fare from executive chef Bernard Bennett in a polished bi-level space with a full patio. Best of all, there’s something for everyone: from chicken wings and chickpea fries, to wild mushroom risotto and a cheeseburger. The large wraparound bar serves up signature cocktails and selections from the global wine list, while the second floor is host to regular live music events. Book now at The Promontory.
The Vig is a 1950s-themed sports parlor in the heart of Old Town. Refined bar food (think lobster deviled eggs, brisket bao buns, and blistered shishito peppers) complement the beverage menu “designed for the contemporary drinker.” There are house bets, draft cocktails, classics, and slushies, most with quirky names like Sage Advice and Mama Said. Leather banquettes and an exposed-beam ceiling make The Vig a cut above the rest when it comes to watching the game (and the TVs do not disappoint) over dinner and drinks. Book now at The Vig.
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