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Nick's Favorite New Chicago Restaurants of 2012

These new restaurants are literally all over the map, and come from both respected restauranteurs and hungry novices. The only similarity is that I was legitimately surprised by what I ate.

Food Network's Guide to Chicago Restaurants

Featured Restaurants in Chicago: On the Road with The Great Food Truck Race

Portillo's-Me likey: Ravioli, pizza, pasta, garlic bread, chocolate cake, chocolate cake shakes

Portillo's-Me likey: Easy access to the Chicago dog, the Italian beef / sausage Sammie combo and of course the birthday cake shake.

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder ~ Just told a San Diego executive chef last night that this was my favorite Chicago restaurant.

Chef Bill Kim, BellyQ, BellyShack and UrbanBelly, Chicago, IL. Meatball sandwich, squash and bacon dumplings, duck and pho spice dumplings, udon, soba, sticky lamb buns, softserve, EVERYTHING.

Belly Shack & UrbanBelly By Bill Kim


Chicago’s Duran European Sandwiches—the first American outpost of a Vienna-based chain—offers more than 30 styles of bite-size, open-face sa. Photo: Courtesy of Duran European Sandwiches