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Chicago-area restaurant reviews by regular people, for regular people.

Chicago-area restaurant reviews by regular people, for regular people.
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Chicago-area restaurant reviews by regular people, for regular people.




Pacific Standard Time

River North residents Jonathan Amarilio and Bridget Eastman take Jacqui and Trish to their favorite restaurant, Pacific Standard Time. The California-inspired restaurant has been a Chicago favorite since opening just over a year ago, in April 2018. In that time, PST has made nearly every short list for Chicago foodies, including being the only Chicago restaurant that appeared on 2018’s Eater National Best New Restaurants of 2018 and being named as a 2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant. The...


Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.

Lakeview resident and American Bar Association Division Director Emily Roschek takes Jacqui and Trish to Chicago mainstay, Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. The Lincoln Park restaurant has been in the same brick building since 1972 where it has gained fame near and far for its pizza pot pies and oven grinders. The historic location famously sits near the site of the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, in one of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods. Although the menu choices are limited, this...


Little Goat

River North resident and meeting and events manager Lisa Zimmer joins the hosts to dine at one of her favorite restaurants, Little Goat. The West Loop restaurant is helmed by Chicago native, Michigan Wolverine, and restaurant queen Stephanie Izard. Izard’s current Chicago restaurants include, among others, Little Goat, Girl & the Goat, and the newest addition, Duck Duck Goat. Izard has racked up a number of awards in her career, including the Beard award for Best Chef Great Lakes 2013 and...


Maple & Ash(vin)

Lakeview resident and engineer Ashvin Lad joins the hosts to dine at one of his favorite restaurants, Maple & Ash. The Gold Coast (Viagra Triangle) restaurant has solidified a spot among Chicago’s most beloved steak houses, but also has one of the best brunches in town. This standout is led by head chef Danny Grant, who earned Food & Wine’s 2012 Best New Chef award and was the youngest American chef to earn two Michelin stars in both 2011 and 2012. The restaurant’s website can be found here,...


Ada Street

West Loop resident and Chicago lawyer Jonathan Mraunac joins the hosts to dine at one of his favorite restaurants, Ada Street. The West Town/Noble Square restaurant is part of the DMK Restaurant group, and is tucked away in a little corner of Chicago that you should seek out soon. Ada Street was one of Chicago Magazine’s 10 Best New Restaurants of 2012, and received the Bib Gourmand designation in 2013, 2014, and 2015, along with a slew of other honors. The restaurant’s website can be found...


The Bristol

Lakeview resident Meghan MacNaughton joins the hosts to dine at one of her favorite restaurants, The Bristol. The Bucktown restaurant serves American food with a focus on eclectic menus that include handmade pasta, charcuteries, fresh produce, and as they describe it, a “nose-to-tail approach to cooking.” Chicago Magazine has said that The Bristol also has one of the best brunches in Chicago, and in 2016, the restaurant was included on Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list. Located on Damen Avenue,...


Pasta al Gusto

The show’s first guest, Maia Feigon, joins the hosts to dine at her favorite restaurant, Pasta al Gusto. An unassuming BYOB neighborhood joint located near the Music Box Theatre, Pasta al Gusto is the type of place you might walk by a hundred times before wandering inside. Listen in to learn why that would be a mistake. Located on the north end of the Southport Corridor, Pasta al Gusto has been a mainstay in Lakeview for years. After originally being on Belmont, Pasta al Gusto moved to its...


Honey Butter Fried Chicken

In their opening episode, Jacqui and Trish take some of their closest friends to a new Chicago favorite, Honey Butter Fried Chicken. There’s no hiding the ball on this episode – everyone loves this place, and for good reason. HBFC makes good food, and make it consistently. You can scope out the restaurant’s website here, and you can check out the pictures of the food we ordered at the Chicago Dish Instagram page here. Located in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, HBFC showed up in 2013 and...


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