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