Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: April 2017

Hey Chicago! Foodable’s top 25 restaurants list is back and you won’t be disappointed. There are five NEW restaurants making the coveted list this ranking, including the No. 1! Breaking into this list isn’t easy considering how competitive the culinary scene is in the Windy City.

Foodable welcomes Monteverde at No. 1. At the helm of the kitchen at this modern Italian restaurant is the culinary mastermind, Sarah Grueneberg. Just this week, she was given the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes and was one of the two Chi-town chefs to win. 

At a close second is the top 25 veteran, The Aviary, a swanky cocktail lounge known for its tasty small bites. Rounding out the top three is another top 25 veteran, Nellcote, a posh American restaurant known for its small plates, cocktails and brunch. 

Like we said, there are quite a few restaurants making their debut on this list! Besides Monteverde, we have the upscale Ronero at No. 11 serving Latin American fare and the Mexican restaurant Quiote at No. 19. We also welcome Entente at No. 20, a posh restaurant with New American fare and a reservations-only chef’s tasting menu and at No. 21 is Ella Elli, an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant, known for its small plates. 

Check out the rest of the list below! 

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  1. Monteverde | 181.88 
  2. The Aviary | VIDEO | 180.22
  3. Nellcote | 180.17 
  4. Swift & Sons | VIDEO | 180.16
  5. Fat Rice | 179.48 
  6. Two Restaurant | VIDEO | 179.27
  7. The Bristol | VIDEO | 179.23
  8. Parachute | 179.03 
  9. Boka | VIDEO | 178.22
  10. CH Distillery | VIDEO | 177.72
  11. Ronero | 176.49 
  12. Little Goat Diner | 176.18 
  13. Alinea | 175.83
  14. Grace | 175.81 
  15. Avec | 175.62 
  16. Nico Osteria | 175.29 
  17. Momotaro | 175.19 
  18. Pizzeria Bebu | 174.88 
  19. Quiote | 174.82
  20. Entente | 174.59 
  21. Ella Elli | 173.74 
  22. Honey Butter Fried Chicken | VIDEO | 173.47
  23. RPM Steak | 172.93 
  24. RPM Italian | 172.18 
  25. Au Cheval | 171.79

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: February 2016

For the first time since May 2015, RPM Steak jumps to the No. 1 spot on Chicago’s Top 25 restaurants list for February. Nellcôte, which almost slipped out of the Top 10 last month, bounces back, stealing No. 2. And Michelin-starred Parachute makes its way onto the list for the first time ever at No. 3.

Not new to the game, Parachute serves up creative Korean-American fare in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. The menu, which changes daily, includes dishes like black kale, sesame gomae, cured egg, sourdough, and avocado; pork belly and mung bean pancake with kimchi, black garlic, hen egg, and pineapple; and udon, Dungeness crab, guanciale, fava beans, and sabayon. The intimate, family-run restaurant, which seats only 40, specializes in shared plates, and while private tables are available, communal seating is a big part of its makeup. Also new to the list this month is Ruxbin Kitchen, a New American restaurant described as a “cozy, offbeat BYOB spot with recycled furnishings.” 

This month, we welcome back a couple of concepts and say goodbye to four. Check out the full ranking below!

Coal-roasted crabs at RPM Steak  | Instagram @ifightdirty

Coal-roasted crabs at RPM Steak | Instagram @ifightdirty

Tri-tip steak, black sesame, sweet onion and black trumpet mushrooms at Parachute  | Instagram @parachutechicago

Tri-tip steak, black sesame, sweet onion and black trumpet mushrooms at Parachute | Instagram @parachutechicago

Lobster hash at Nellcôte  | Instagram @nellcote833

Lobster hash at Nellcôte | Instagram @nellcote833

Cocktail with Del Maguey mezcal vida, tequila cabeza, finger lime, and toasted coconut at The Aviary  | Instagram @thealineagroup

Cocktail with Del Maguey mezcal vida, tequila cabeza, finger lime, and toasted coconut at The Aviary | Instagram @thealineagroup

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 RPM Steak 181.43  
2 Nellcôte  180.59  
3 Parachute 180.49  
4 The Aviary 179.55 Play Video
5 CH Distillery 179.37 Play Video
6 Trenchermen  178.92  
7 Swift & Sons 178.92 Play Video
8 Balena  178.83  
9 Two Restaurant 178.59 Play Video
10 Urbanbelly  178.34  
11 Ruxbin Kitchen 178.33  
12 Boka 177.80 Play Video
13 Takito Kitchen 177.63 Play Video
14 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 177.50 Play Video
15 GT Fish & Oyster 177.06  
16 RPM Italian 177.05  
17 Avec 176.91  
18 The Bristol 176.67 Play Video
19 Taxim  176.51  
20 Perennial Virant 176.43  
21 Sunda 176.19 Play Video
22 Alinea 175.95  
23 Earth + Ocean  175.23  
24 Nico Osteria 175.19  
25 Old Town Social 174.99  

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: September 2015

Chicago’s Top 25 restaurants this month, pulled from September RSMI data, looks like a random shuffling of restaurants, with huge leaps and some big falls, along with new restaurants debuting, and restaurants jumping back onto the list. Chicago is a foodie town, and what seems to be popular one month with consumers can quickly change, but such is the restaurant business. So let’s just jump in, shall we?

Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat Diner climbs back to No. 1 for the first time since July 2014. Meanwhile, last month’s frontrunner, The Aviary, tumbles to No. 9. RPM Italian has had a few rough past months on the list, but it’s the biggest jump for September, sliding into No. 2 from last month’s No. 20. This month, we welcome three restaurants debuting on a Top 25 list. Welcome Boka, Momotaro, and Perennial Virant! 

Check out the full rankings below.

Pancakes with crispy onions and porkbelly at Little Goat Diner  | Instagram, @worldwidefoodie

Pancakes with crispy onions and porkbelly at Little Goat Diner | Instagram, @worldwidefoodie

P.E.I. Mussels, salsa brava, fresh herbs at TWO Restaurant  | Instagram, @two_chicago

P.E.I. Mussels, salsa brava, fresh herbs at TWO Restaurant | Instagram, @two_chicago

Housemade ricotta, artichokes three ways, Nicoise olive on toasted sourdough at RPM Italian  | Instagram, @rpmitalian

Housemade ricotta, artichokes three ways, Nicoise olive on toasted sourdough at RPM Italian | Instagram, @rpmitalian

Broiled black cod, toasted sesame, miso glaze at RPM Steak  | Instagram, @rpmsteakchi

Broiled black cod, toasted sesame, miso glaze at RPM Steak | Instagram, @rpmsteakchi

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Little Goat Diner  178.43  
2 RPM Italian 178.33  
3 TWO Restaurant 178.11 Play Video
4 RPM Steak 177.56  
5 Nellcôte  177.14  
6 CH Distillery 177.01  
7 Avec 176.30  
8 The Bristol 176.28 Play Video
9 The Aviary 176.03 Play Video
10 Boka 175.92  
11 Sunda 175.88 Play Video
12 Earth + Ocean  175.46  
13 Old Town Social 175.11  
14 Momotaro 174.64  
15 The Publican  174.20  
16 Takito Kitchen 174.19 Play Video
17 Urbanbelly  174.03  
18 Trenchermen  173.71  
19 Nico Osteria 173.36  
20 Alinea 173.23  
21 Perennial Virant 173.16  
22 Mott St. 173.07  
23 Fat Rice  172.91  
24 Frontera Grill  172.59  
25 BellyQ 172.43  

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: July 2015

Ready for another round of amazing restaurants, Chicago? The Windy City is about to blow you away with July's Top 25!

Let's give a warm round of applause to The Aviary! Not only is its menu tasteful, but so is its decor. Guests will find personality in this swanky cocktail bar and in its collection of creative, inventive drinks. No wonder it was able to climb from No. 10 and take the crown with a strong 179.92! Last month's No. 1, RPM Steak, dropped to No. 8 with a score of 177.03.

But in other news, do you remember this familiar face? Let's welcome back Grace! This modern, business-casual dinner spot last "graced" the Top 25 with its presence in January, and it has returned to No. 9 with a score of 176.72.  While Grace has made a grand comeback, Paris Club Bistro & Bar hasn't budged from its No. 25 ranking, sitting at the edge of the board with a score of 172.18. Will this classic, European-inspired, chic space finally tip off the countdown, or will it find ways to start moving up?

Check out the complete list below!

Five Timers Club at The Aviary (mole, pistachio, orange, mango, and rum)  | Yelp, Janice C.

Five Timers Club at The Aviary (mole, pistachio, orange, mango, and rum) | Yelp, Janice C.

Chorizo-Stuffed Medjool Dates wrapped With Bacon at Avec  | Yelp, Randy F.

Chorizo-Stuffed Medjool Dates wrapped With Bacon at Avec | Yelp, Randy F.

Roasted Duck and Daikon Hash at Earth + Ocean  | Yelp, Cristie F.

Roasted Duck and Daikon Hash at Earth + Ocean | Yelp, Cristie F.

Klug Farms Asparagus Salad   at TWO  } Yelp, Candice G.

Klug Farms Asparagus Salad at TWO } Yelp, Candice G.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 The Aviary 179.92 Play Video
2 Avec 179.18  
3 Earth + Ocean  178.72  
4 Two Restaurant 178.63 Play Video
5 Nellcôte  178.16  
6 Nico Osteria 178.11  
7 Little Goat Diner  177.83  
8 RPM Steak 177.03  
9 Grace 176.72  
10 BellyQ 176.26  
11 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 176.02  
12 The Bristol 175.63 Play Video
13 Sunda 175.28 Play Video
14 The Publican  175.18  
15 CH Distillery 175.10  
16 Takito Kitchen 174.09 Play Video
17 Urbanbelly  173.87  
18 Trenchermen  173.43  
19 Next 173.04  
20 RPM Italian 172.99  
21 Kinmont 172.91  
22 Alinea 172.77  
23 Mott St. 172.55  
24 Fat Rice  172.33  
25 Paris Club Bistro & Bar 172.18  

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: June 2015

RPM Steak reclaims its throne this month, stealing the No. 1 spot back from Avec, which falls to No. 4. Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat Diner makes an impressive leap to No. 3, a spot it last saw in January. But even more noteworthy is Nellcôte, which lands at No. 2, up from No. 12. 

The biggest dropper this month is BellyQ, which has been pretty inconsistent within the rankings, rising and dipping with each month. But at least it’s held on within the Top 25. Six new restaurants — both new to the Top 25 and those jumping back on the list for the first time this year — means a handful of fallen restaurants this month, including 42 Grams and The Radler. 

Joining us for the first time are Urbanbelly, The Aviary, and Old Town Social. And we welcome back Earth + Ocean, Takito Kitchen, and Paris Club Bistro & Bar.

Check out the full rankings below!

Bone Marrow, RPM Steak  | Yelp, Trookie N.  

Bone Marrow, RPM Steak | Yelp, Trookie N.
 

Korean Goat Burger, Little Goat Diner  | Yelp, Eric J.

Korean Goat Burger, Little Goat Diner | Yelp, Eric J.

Chilled Squid Ink Strozzapreti, Nellcôte  | Yelp, Christine R.

Chilled Squid Ink Strozzapreti, Nellcôte | Yelp, Christine R.

Breakfast Paella, Avec  | Yelp, Svetlana K.

Breakfast Paella, Avec | Yelp, Svetlana K.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 RPM Steak 178.94  
2 Nellcôte  178.42  
3 Little Goat Diner  178.17  
4 Avec 178.16  
5 Sunda 177.83 Play Video
6 Earth + Ocean  177.18  
7 Two Restaurant 177.09 Play Video
8 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 176.91  
9 The Publican  176.77  
10 The Aviary 176.69  
11 Nico Osteria 175.99  
12 Takito Kitchen 175.73 Play Video
13 Urbanbelly  175.73  
14 Old Town Social 175.34  
15 Trenchermen  175.07  
16 The Bristol 174.95 Play Video
17 RPM Italian 174.88  
18 Alinea 174.71  
19 Mott St. 174.54  
20 Fat Rice  174.37  
21 CH Distillery 174.20  
22 Frontera Grill  174.03  
23 BellyQ 173.88  
24 Kinmont 173.86  
25 Paris Club Bistro & Bar 173.78