One of the main reasons behind Chicago being the second best city in the world is our food scene. We’re surely lucky enough to divulge an eclectic assortment of cuisines from all over the world. From French to Cambodian to Italian and American, new and incomparable restaurants seem to be popping up all over the city faster than we can make reservations. And here are 10+ new restaurants in Chicago you need to try — head our warning, the seats are tight. You better get your OpenTable, Resy, and Tock tabs ready!
2010 west pierce, Chicago, IL 60622
Bringing Chicagoans the experience of a traditional Italian Pasticceria, Dolci Amori, is proud to announce the opening of its first brick and mortar location. Featuring sweet items that are as beautiful as they are tasty, selections include: Bombolone, the Italian version of a doughnut, as well as other authentic specialties such as Cornetti Ischitani, Crostata, Biscotti, Zeppole, and much more. For those craving something savory, guests can expect a variety of salads, Neapolitan street food like arancini, pizzette, and frittatine.
2949 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
What began as a suggested menu addition to Sunday Dinner Club has expanded into a flourishing restaurant given the fitting name, TriBecca’s Sandwich Shop. As a sous chef, owner Becca Grothe introduced her take on the classic Cubano sandwich. Since then, Grothe opened TriBecca’s Sandwich Shop which features her famous Cubano and other “full flavored and full happiness” sandwiches.
2043 W Howard St, Chicago, IL 60645
If you’ve never had Cambodian food, run, don’t walk, to Khmai Fine Dining. Chef Mona Sang, who has worked in the Chicago restaurant industry for over 6 years, is now dishing up traditional Cambodian food with her own flair. Bursting with flavor, each bite at Khmai will leave you anxious for the next.
700 N Sedgwick St, Chicago, IL 60654
Brothers Oliver and Nicolas Poilevy, who share an extensive background in the Chicago restaurant scene, have come together to open Obélix. This new and refreshing French restaurant opened in May, and brings Chicago an ultramodern feel to traditional French food. With mouthwatering entrees, desserts, French wines, and an entire section of the menu dedicated to duck, Obélix is a must-try this summer.
2734 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618
They may have called it a re-opening, but the fact is, Eden will be in a brand new location with an expanded 20’ x 28’ on-site greenhouse. The bar program, developed by Alex Rydzewski, will feature both cocktails and mocktails, with a wine and spirits list highlighting small, woman-owned, and minority-owned vineyards with bio-friendly and organic options. Offerings will also include Eden’s very own beer, made in partnership with Great Central Brewing Company.
Please note that Eden has postponed dinner service until September to ensure the best service quality without exhausting the team at Eden. Frankly, we’re proud to have a local restaurant caring for their guests and team like families, so you should totally stop by during lunch hours!
5959 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
Fresh pasta, creamy risotto, and juicy chicken. Need I say more? Regalia in Edgewater has everything you need for a classic but exquisite Italian meal. From the detailed dinner menu to the exceptional cocktails, Regalia is the newest date night spot that’ll leave you satisfied from your appetizers all the way through dessert (we recommend the mango crème brulée).
831 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
Alpana, owned by Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, is making its debut in the heart of River North. This upscale eatery was purposefully developed to spotlight flavors, textures, and scents according to the Master Sommeliers palette. Here, you’ll find explosive flavor combinations, fresh ingredients, and exciting elements that make each meal at Alpana as exciting as the first.
1308 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays, a trip to 1308 Chicago during the work-week is essential. With a mostly vegetarian menu, dishes like corn ribs, Detroit style pizza, and crunchy shaved brussels sprouts salad make for the perfect mid-day lunch that won’t leave you feeling sluggish late into the afternoon. After work, be sure to stop in for their eccentric drink menu featuring the “La Vie en Rose Negroni” and “13’Old’8 Fashioned”.
2630 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Beloved Lincoln Park sushi Chef Mitch Kim opened his very own Sushi Hall this month. With his scrupulous choice in ingredients, Chef Kim’s sushi is always fresh and exceptionally unique. To make your trip to Sushi Hall that much more enjoyable, reservations are available at the Chef’s Counter, where Chef Kim provides easy-going entertainment through “endless laughs” and a walk-through of his culinary process.
2934 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Everyone in Chicago loves the feel of a classic neighborhood bar complete with a welcoming atmosphere, enticing drink menu, and of course a little something to munch on. New to Logan Square you’ll find Quality Time which is the newest place to, you guessed it, spend quality time with the people in your life who make those long days of work seem well-worth with. With freshly popped-popcorn and scrumptious tamales from The Tamale Guy, Quality Time is going to become a new favorite in no time.
208 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60604
Grill on 21’s philosophy is that classic dishes never go out of style – and they’re definitely not kidding. With a rotating selection of American and Continental-style classics, Grill on 21 playfully reintroduces timeless dishes and takes great effort and pride in sourcing the menu’s high-quality ingredients from environmentally responsible, local family farms, ranchers, and sustainable fisheries.
3536 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623
What’s the best part of any meal? Dessert, duh. At El Churro Shop, you’ll find that dessert is what they do best, and they do so in the form of sweet, sugary churros. While you can certainly get the traditional style of this Mexican treat, the additional toppings like Dulce de Leche, Nutella and hazelnuts, and salted caramel are just some of the variations that can take your churro to the next level of “yum”!
Featured Image: Eden