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