Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: May 2014

We saw quite a few changes in this month’s Foodable Top 25 rankings for Chicago. For starters, Little Goat Diner finally — upon having been flirting in the Top 10 for quite some time — moved up to No. 1 with a Social Score of 163.72. April’s top runner Grace fell to No. 19, one of the biggest falls we’ve seen on a Top 25 list. BellyQ and Next both remain in the Top 5, with The Bristol making its way back up the list to No. 2 (up from No. 9) and Nellcôte squeezing in at No. 5 (up from No. 6).

Four restaurants that have never been on a Foodable Top 25 list before make their debut in May — Congrats to Little Market, Sunda, Old Town Social, and Roka Akor!

Check out the full list below!

Credit: Facebook | Little Goat Diner

Credit: Facebook | Little Goat Diner

Credit: Facebook | Little Goat Diner

Credit: Facebook | Little Goat Diner

Credit: Facebook | Little Goat Diner

Credit: Facebook | Little Goat Diner

Credit: Facebook | Little Goat Diner

Credit: Facebook | Little Goat Diner

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 Little Goat Diner 163.72
2 The Bristol 163.56
3 Next 162.61
4 BellyQ 161.93
5 Nellcôte 160.52
6 The Publican 160.51
7 Little Market 160.16
8 Two Restaurant 159.99
9 Sumi Robata 159.82
10 Tavernita 159.61
11 Au Cheval 159.03
12 Paris Club Bistro & Bar 158.77
13 Earth + Ocean 158.74
14 Fat Rice 158.24
15 Kai Zan 157.93
16 Nightwood Restaurant 157.45
17 Trenchermen 156.27
18 Alinea 155.62
19 Grace 155.42
20 RPM Italian 154.75
21 Sunda 154.72
22 Takito Kitchen 154.57
23 Old Town Social 153.27
24 Roka Akor 152.94
25 CH Distillery 152.88
 
 

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: April 2014

April data from the Restaurant Social Media Index shows that the Top 25 Restaurants in Chicago have not changed too much since last month, though there have definitely been some big jumps and falls among them.

Grace jumps back to No. 1 for the first time since January with a Social Score of 163.92 — an 18.97 growth since the last time. The Bristol, March’s frontrunner, falls to No. 9 this month. Also making big moves for April are Paris Club Bistro & Bar (No. 2 to No. 17), Nellcôte (No. 19 to No. 6), Trenchermen (No. 8 to No. 14), and Au Cheval (No. 5 to No. 11).

RPM Italian makes the list for the very first time with an impressive first ranking, and Fat Rice and The Publican both jump back on the list.

Check out the full Top 25 ranking below!

Photo Credit: Facebook//Grace Restaurant

Photo Credit: Facebook//Grace Restaurant

Photo Credit: Facebook//Grace Restaurant

Photo Credit: Facebook//Grace Restaurant

Photo Credit: Facebook//Grace Restaurant

Photo Credit: Facebook//Grace Restaurant

Photo Credit: Facebook//Grace Restaurant

Photo Credit: Facebook//Grace Restaurant

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 Grace 163.92
2 Little Goat Diner 162.84
3 BellyQ 162.19
4 Next 161.29
5 Two Restaurant 159.99
6 Nellcôte 159.87
7 RPM Italian 159.73
8 Earth + Ocean 158.74
9 The Bristol 158.73
10 Sumi Robata 158.62
11 Au Cheval 157.13
12 Fat Rice 156.92
13 Nightwood Restaurant 156.48
14 Trenchermen 156.33
15 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 155.53
16 Tavernita 154.73
17 Paris Club Bistro & Bar 152.19
18 The Publican 152.09
19 CH Distillery 150.94
20 Alinea 150.27
21 Takito Kitchen 148.93
22 Kai Zan 147.59
23 Tanta 145.58
24 Frontera Grill 144.91
25 Schwa Restaurant 144.24
 
 

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: January 2014

The numbers for January’s Chicago #Foodable25 restaurants are in, and there has been quite a shift in the rankings since December. Taking BellyQ’s No. 1 spot is Grace, which climbed up from No. 3. BellyQ falls to No. 5 for January. Aside from a few minor shifts in ranking numbers for the restaurants who have managed to hold on for another month, January brings a lot of first-timers to the list, meaning a handful were also kicked off. 

Congratulations to the Foodable 25 first-timers, including CH Distillery, Next, Frontera Grill, Alinea and Tanta. The Publican is back on the list after falling off in December, but falling off this month are Carriage House, Table, Donkey and Stick, Avec, Au Cheval, Chez Moi and Urban Belly.

Helmed by Curtis Duffy, Grace has a Social Score of 144.95, showing that consumers on social have very positive sentiment of the restaurant. Always presented in beautiful fashion from the restaurant’s visible kitchen, Grace’s dishes are unique, precise and memorable. Its menu is broken into two choices: Flora or Fauna, depending on whichever piques your palate. From design aesthetic down to the plating, Grace has clearly made an impact on consumers in January.

Check out the full list of Chicago #Foodable25 restaurants below!

Photo Credit: Grace

Photo Credit: Grace

Photo Credit: Grace

Photo Credit: Grace

Photo Credit: Grace

Photo Credit: Grace

Photo Credit: Grace

Photo Credit: Grace

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 Grace 144.95
2 Sumi Robata 144.91
3 The Bristol 144.04
4 Two Restaurant 143.92
5 BellyQ 143.12
6 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 142.94
7 CH Distillery 142.04
8 Next 141.34
9 Little Goat Diner 140.98
10 Trenchermen 140.93
11 Nightwood Restaurant 140.66
12 Found 140.33
13 Dillman's 139.89
14 Kai Zan 139.83
15 Takito Kitchen 138.91
16 Three Dots and a Dash 138.84
17 The Publican 138.74
18 Fat Rice 138.41
19 Taxim 138.37
20 Schwa Restaurant 138.12
21 Frontera Grill 137.74
22 Ruxbin 137.71
23 Alinea 137.65
24 Earth and Ocean 137.64
25 Tanta 137.34
 
 

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: December 2013

Chicago's Social Score for its No. 1 ranking has increased each month, now at a 144.22 for BellyQ, topping December's list. The Asian barbecue restaurant has finally grabbed the leading spot after having been at No. 2 for the past two months, since we began reporting Chicago's #Foodable25 rankings. 

A partnership between Chef Bill Kim, Cornerstone Restaurant Group and Michael Jordan, BellyQ's menu revolves around seasonal and locally farmed ingredients. Its tagline, "Tradition. Amplified.," can be seen in the dishes – Goat Milk Feta Pancakes, Tea Smoked Duck Breast, Spicy Maple Glazed Pork Steak and Mustard Braised Swiss Chard, to name a few. Guests can be in control of grilling their own food at one of the restaurant's grilling tables if they choose. Design-wise, the venue boasts a minimalistic feel so the food takes center stage, and also includes both intimate seating, like a Chef's Table, as well as communal spaces.

Most of the Top 10 restaurants still hold Top 10 status, though Dillman's dropped to No. 11 with Trenchermen jumping from No. 23 last month to No. 9. Other changes this month include the addition of Table, Donkey & Stick, Chez Moi, Taxim, and Schwa. Hopping back on the list from October is Earth + Ocean. 

Foodable WebTV Network |  Photo Credit: BellyQ

Foodable WebTV Network | Photo Credit: BellyQ

Foodable WebTV Network |  Photo Credit: BellyQ

Foodable WebTV Network | Photo Credit: BellyQ

Foodable WebTV Network |  Photo Credit: BellyQ

Foodable WebTV Network | Photo Credit: BellyQ

Foodable WebTV Network |  Photo Credit: BellyQ

Foodable WebTV Network | Photo Credit: BellyQ

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 BellyQ 144.22
2 Little Goat Diner 143.93
3 Grace 143.48
4 Sumi Robata 143.09
5 The Bristol 141.29
6 Two Restaurant 140.82
7 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 140.47
8 Found 140.37
9 Trenchermen 139.88
10 Fat Rice 139.84
11 Dillman's 139.84
12 Nightwood Restaurant 139.67
13 Carriage House 138.84
14 Table, Donkey and Stick 138.22
15 Avec 137.81
16 Au Cheval 135.95
17 Chez Moi 134.93
18 Ruxbin 134.84
19 Takito Kitchen 134.09
20 Kai Zan 133.94
21 Earth and Ocean 133.94
22 Urban Belly 133.94
23 Three Dots and a Dash 133.49
24 Taxim 132.65
25 Schwa Restaurant 131.94
 
 

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: November 2013

Last month, we revealed our first city-level #Foodable25 ranking for Chicago. November’s top Social Score came in about +3 points higher than October’s. The Bristol, which topped last month’s list, fell to No. 4 in November, with Sumi Robata taking the No. 1 spot (up from No. 5). 

Photo Credit: Yelp | matt l. // Sumi Robata

Photo Credit: Yelp | matt l. // Sumi Robata

Sumi Robata Bar, a modern, intimate Japanese diner/bar in River North helmed by Chef Kato, boasts refined Asian dishes. Menu items include Grilled Wagyu Ribeye, Charred Scallops with Ohba Butter, and even unexpected items like fried chicken. Though it did not win first, Sumi was chosen as one of Eater's “Restaurant of the Year” nominees. Zagat also credited the restaurant as one of the best Chicago restaurants for international cuisine.

Quite a few of October's restaurants fell off of November's list: Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, Howells and Hood, Earth + Ocean, Longman & Eagle, Lula Cafe, Vera, and The Publican. Replacing them were some newcomers: Congratulations to Dillman’s, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Carriage House, Brindille, Three Dots and a Dash, The Dawson, and Urban Belly.

Top 25 Restaurants in Chicago

  1. Sumi Robata | 143.29
  2. BellyQ | 143.09
  3. Fat Rice | 140.98
  4. The Bristol | 140.93
  5. Little Goat Diner | 140.47
  6. Grace | 139.83
  7. Found | 139.75
  8. Two Restaurant | 138.79
  9. Dillmans | 138.74
  10. Honey Butter Fried Chicken | 138.73
  11. Carriage House | 137.62
  12. Takito Kitchen | 136.93
  13. Au Cheval | 136.88
  14. Avec | 136.55
  15. Nightwood Restaurant | 135.94
  16. Brindille | 134.99
  17. G.E.B. | 134.92
  18. The Boarding House | 132.99
  19. Three Dots and a Dash | 132.83
  20. Ruxbin Kitchen | 130.92
  21. The Dawson | 130.77
  22. Sun Wah BBQ | 130.72
  23. Trenchermen | 129.88
  24. Urban Belly | 129.88
  25. Kai Zan | 129.84