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  

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: April 2015

Chicago is well-known for its food scene — not only in the form of its acclaimed fine dining restaurants and world-class chefs, but also in its renowned street food (just look at how fanatical Hot Doug’s customers were, especially during its closing). It is also home base to one of the most notable restaurant groups today, and was chosen as the food city to host this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards, the event's first time leaving New York. Later this month, trade industry professionals will invade the Windy City for the annual National Restaurant Association Show.

With so much buzz surrounding Chicago's food & hospitality scene, especially within the next couple of months, the city’s Foodable Top 25 Restaurants list is sure to be affected — for better or worse — right? What’s interesting though is that we haven’t seen a significant shift in Chicago’s Top 25 in a very long time — while restaurants do shift in and out from month to month, we have not seen many significant changes in which restaurants are on the list overall. 

This month, Avec leaps up from No. 20 to No. 1 for the first time in Chicago’s Top 25 history. The French-inspired restaurant, with Chef Perry Hendrix as Chef de Cuisine, rolled out a “Friends of avec Brunch Series” earlier this year, with rotating chefs and/or beverage professionals putting their own spin on brunch at avec once a month.

RPM Steak, which held the No. 1 spot last time, moves down to No. 3 with Two Restaurant fittingly climbing to No. 2.

Falling off this month are Grace and The Publican. Replacing them, from month’s past, are Frontera Grill and Vera. 

Check out the full ranking below!

Chorizo stuffed medjool dates, bacon and piquillo pepper-tomato sauce from Avec  | Yelp, Anthony N.

Chorizo stuffed medjool dates, bacon and piquillo pepper-tomato sauce from Avec | Yelp, Anthony N.

RPM truffle burger with grass-fed beef, truffle aioli, foie gras butter from RPM Steak  | Yelp

RPM truffle burger with grass-fed beef, truffle aioli, foie gras butter from RPM Steak | Yelp

Duck egg pasta, duck confit, duck skin cracklins, scallions, parmesan from Two  | Yelp, Lauren F.

Duck egg pasta, duck confit, duck skin cracklins, scallions, parmesan from Two | Yelp, Lauren F.

Hangover Breakfast from The Bristol: noodles, pork broth, aromatic vegetables  | Yelp, Stefanie A.

Hangover Breakfast from The Bristol: noodles, pork broth, aromatic vegetables | Yelp, Stefanie A.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Avec 180.88  
2 Two Restaurant 180.83 Play Video
3 RPM Steak 180.73  
4 The Bristol 180.15 Play Video
5 BellyQ 179.83  
6 42 Grams 179.81  
7 Sunda 179.74 Play Video
8 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 179.47  
9 Nico Osteria 179.13  
10 Trenchermen 178.79  
11 Little Goat Diner 178.63  
12 Nellcôte 178.11  
13 The Radler 176.09  
14 RPM Italian 175.93  
15 Alinea 175.83  
16 Mott St. 175.57  
17 Fat Rice 175.31  
18 CH Distillery 175.05  
19 Frontera Grill 174.84  
20 Kinmont 174.79  
21 Vera 174.73  
22 Next 174.27  
23 Travelle 174.01  
24 Baffo 173.75  
25 Taxim 173.49  

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: January 2015

The Chicago Top 25 list is not an easy list to break into. Again, this month no new restaurants make their debut. 

RPM Steak returns this month again as the victor, with a high social score of 181.57. While, Sunda climbs one rank to No. 2. Rounding out the top three is last month's No. 6 restaurant, Little Goat Diner, a gourmet diner that takes classic comfort food dishes to a new level. 

Even though the list features all Top 25 veterans, there were some notable shifts within the ranks– including BellyQ launching from No. 19 to No. 6. And after a few months of being in the top five, Nico Osteria drops to No. 10 this January. 

Will any new restaurants claw their way onto the list next month? We will just have to see!

Check out the full list below! 

Black Cod at RPM Steak  | YELP, Louise M. 

Black Cod at RPM Steak | YELP, Louise M. 

Rock Shrimp Tempura at Sunda  | YELP, Kristina W. 

Rock Shrimp Tempura at Sunda | YELP, Kristina W. 

Paratha Burrito at Little Goat Diner  | YELP, Nancy L.

Paratha Burrito at Little Goat Diner | YELP, Nancy L.

Maine Lobster Ravioli at RPM Italian  | YELP, Ceecee W. 

Maine Lobster Ravioli at RPM Italian | YELP, Ceecee W. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 RPM Steak 181.57  
2 Sunda 180.93 Play Video
3 Little Goat Diner 180.51  
4 RPM Italian 179.62  
5 Two Restaurant 179.51  
6 BellyQ 178.56  
7 The Bristol 177.63 Play Video
8 42 Grams 176.48  
9 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 176.48  
10 Nico Osteria 175.91  
11 Trenchermen 175.02  
12 Grace 174.59  
13 Nellcote 173.82  
14 The Radler 173.56  
15 Alinea 173.45  
16 Mott St. 171.05  
17 Fat Rice 170.93  
18 CH Distillery 170.74  
19 Kinmont 170.64  
20 Avec 170.43  
21 Next 169.81  
22 Travelle 169.50  
23 Baffo 169.18  
24 Taxim 168.88  
25 The Publican 168.57