Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: June 2016

There’s no question Chicagoans love their steak, as evidenced by two steakhouses that landed in the Top 25 Restaurants, as compiled from Foodable Labs consumer data this quarter. But Chicago’s food scene is way more than just meat and potatoes.

This quarter, The Aviary, where innovation and tradition are honored with fresh, carefully sourced ingredients and bartenders are said to be trained as chefs, American Steakhouse Swift & Sons, and RPM Steak (owned by Bill and Guiliana Rancic) round out the top three, respectively.

Little Goat Diner, which offers a bakery menu, dinner menu, bar menu, and coffee menu, made its way into the top 5 as a newcomer this quarter at No. 4. Two Restaurant, with its focus on medium plates and a menu that changes based on seasonally available ingredients, comes in at No. 5, up from No. 9 last quarter.

Another Rancic-owned establishment, RPM Italian, made it into the Top 25 at No. 17. RPM Italian was the first collaboration between the celebrity couple and partners RJ, Jerrod, and Molly Melman, and acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis, preceding RPM Steak.

Three more newcomers to the list -- ramen restaurant Momotaro, the aptly named Michelin starred Grace, and Asian barbecue bellyQ -- couldn’t be more vastly different. 

Tofu noodles at Little Goat Diner | Instagram @littlegoatdiner

Tofu noodles at Little Goat Diner | Instagram @littlegoatdiner

Beef Wellington at Swift & Sons | Instagram @swiftandson

Beef Wellington at Swift & Sons | Instagram @swiftandson

Gulf prawns at Two Restaurant | Two Restaurant

Gulf prawns at Two Restaurant | Two Restaurant

Steak and black truffles at RPM Steak | Instagram @rpmsteakchi

Steak and black truffles at RPM Steak | Instagram @rpmsteakchi

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 The Aviary 182.22 Play Video
2 Swift & Sons 180.55  
3 RMP Steak 180.33  
4 Little Goat Diner  180.12  
5 Two Restaurant 179.67 Play Video
6 Nellcote 179.29  
7 Trenchermen  178.91  
8 Avec 178.49  
9 CH Distillery 178.35 Play Video
10 Momotaro 178.31  
11 Parachute 178.25  
12 The Bristol 177.64 Play Video
13 Taxim  176.79  
14 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 176.34 Play Video
15 Boka 176.09 Play Video
16 Perennial Virant 175.94  
17 RPM Italian 175.46  
18 Takito Kitchen 175.37 Play Video
19 Balena  175.34  
20 Grace 175.27  
21 Sunda 175.09 Play Video
22 BellyQ 174.64  
23 Alinea 174.24  
24 Earth + Ocean  173.39  
25 GT Fish and Oyster 172.55