With the farm-to-table revolution, Chicago dishes are chock full of the freshest locally-sourced ingredients so they’re not only infinitely more tasty, but much better for you! Treat your body, your tastebuds, and the environment right at these hotspots.
Rick Bayless achieved international fame through his PBS series “Mexico: One Plate at a Time.” But long before he became a world-famous chef, locals knew him for his award-winning Frontera Grill. Established in 1987, this landmark restaurant is still serving some of the best Mexican food in the city. Whether you’re craving Mexican classics like tamales, or refined duck, you can’t leave Chicago without a trip to Frontera Grill.
Lula Café is a Logan Square establishment praised greatly for its contribution to the “farm-to-table” movement, so you can feel good about giving Lula Café your business. It’s not just your conscience that will be satisfied, either—your stomach will be too. With inventive dishes like Pecan Crusted Brioche French Toast and Green Pozole, you’ll want to sample every dish on the menu, and thanks to the style of preparing fresh, local food, the menu changes frequently.
Set on a glistening pond in the heart of Lincoln Park, North Pond is sure to excite every one of your senses. This spot was one of the first in Chicago to serve up seasonal and locally-grown dishes and continues to be at the forefront of this endeavor. With a Michelin star and a James Beard Award, you’ll be hard-pressed to find somewhere this elegant and renowned in the Windy City, perfect for impressing someone special.