Best Chicago Restaurants from Triple D

Take a look back at Guy Fieri's favorite Chicago eats from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

©2013, Grant Kessler

Photo By: Jason Little ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jason Little

Photo By: Jason Little ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Smoque BBQ

Even the baked beans are smoky at this aptly named Chicago barbecue restaurant. The meaty menu makes it hard to decide, but ribs — available as baby backs or meaty St. Louis style — are especially excellent, coated in a Memphis-style dry rub and glazed with a sweet, tangy barbecue sauce.

Smoque BBQ

Hopleaf Bar

This Belgian-style Andersonville bar doesn't do regular old pub food. Instead of wings and burgers, they serve incredible mussels and charcuterie, with a lengthy menu of craft beers.

 

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Hopleaf Bar

bopNgrill

At this food counter, Chef Will Song cooks "righteous" all-American classics with a Korean spin. The Umami Burger, topped with bacon, truffled mushroom duxelle, sun-dried tomato confit and togarashi mayo, made Guy's list of top 10 burgers and is great with a side of kimchi fries.

bopNgrill

The Original Vito & Nick's Pizzeria

Thin-crust pizza may be blasphemy in Chicago, but the Original Vito & Nick's thin-crust pizza has been winning over locals since 1932 with toppings like Chicago-style Italian beef or runny egg.

The Original Vito & Nick's Pizzeria

DMK Burger Bar

DMK goes beyond the burger with clever updates to the classic. Top grass-fed patties with Reuben ingredients — pastrami, sauerkraut and cheese — or New Mexico's Hatch green chiles and smoked bacon. The restaurant can also swap out the beef patty for alternative fillings. Guy loved the bison burger with blueberry barbecue sauce, goat cheese and marinated onions, and the salmon burger with Thai curry mayonnaise and Asian coleslaw.

DMK Burger Bar

Tre Kronor

Guy headed to North Park to get his Scandinavian fix, with dishes like classic Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce, and fluffy Swedish pancakes.

Tre Kronor

Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe

Southern comfort at this Burbank cafe ranges from barbecue to Tex-Mex, including ribs, po' boys and fried chicken. Guy's favorite dish goes even farther south: The "incredible" cochinita pibil includes tender shredded pork and spicy habanero salsa.

Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe

Chilam Balam

This farm-to-table BYOB puts a "punk rock twist" on Mexican small plates, including grilled pork ribs with honey-pasilla sauce, and Duck Tinga. Guy's favorite was the flautas stuffed with chicken thighs in chipotle sauce.

Chilam Balam

90 Miles Cuban Cafe

Named for the distance between Key West and Havana, this Cuban restaurant features family recipes from owner Alberto Gonzalez, including slow-roasted pork with bacon and guava, and chicken braised in Creole sauce.

90 Miles Cuban Cafe

Big & Little's

Two chefs used their life savings to start this gourmet fast-food restaurant, with beer-battered burgers, fish tacos and combinations like foie gras with fries. Po' Boys include medium-rare ahi tuna, soft-shell crab and shrimp banh mi, but the fried pork belly with maple mayo is Guy's pick, described as "chicharrones meets pulled pork." 

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Kuma's Corner

Music is never far from mind at this bar: In addition to a rocking soundtrack, nearly all the burgers are named for bands. Try the Slayer: a bunless patty on a pile of fries, topped with chili, andouille sausage, cherry peppers, onions and cheese. 

Kuma's Corner