Ballast Point started out in San Diego, but we’re glad it came to Chicago, because it has great beer and above-average bar food (including a “California burrito” that’s just like a regular burrito but with fries - proving that occasionally the West Coast can be just as unhealthy as the Midwest). The huge space feels like a sports bar, and is perfect for big groups who want to hang out and watch a game.
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Momotaro is like a Japanese Discovery Zone. You may need to sample the menu a bit, but hit your stride and it’s a great meal.
Blackbird is an upscale restaurant in the West Loop with tasting menu options and a great weekday lunch.
J.P. Graziano Grocery & Sub Shop
Old school sandwiches that are freshly made. Pop in for a quick solo lunch or carry out to go.
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Smyth serves Virginia-inspired tasting menus in the West Loop, and it’s one of the best restaurants in Chicago.
Little Goat is an all-day spot in West Town with creative diner food that’s hit or miss.
The Bristol is an American restaurant in Bucktown good for any date or small group of friends.
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Limitless Coffee & Tea
Limitless is a coffee shop in the West Loop with excellent coffee and great food.
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