Farmer’s Fridge is mainly a salad vending machine company. Yes, you heard that correctly. They serve fresh and healthy salads in plastic, recyclable mason jars out of their custom vending machines. Welcome to Martha Stewart’s future. The salads are made fresh and restocked daily, which makes them a great option to grab a healthy meal for about $10. But there’s also a stand at Revival Food Hall where Farmer’s Fridge not only makes their great salads, but also serves a number of different soups and fancy toast options too. The avocado, salmon, or roast beef toast are our favorites, and the salads are always great.
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Fast Track is an old-school Chicago diner serving hot dogs, Italian beefs, and breakfast all day.
Prime & Provisions
Prime & Provisions is the kind of steakhouse that fits a few different needs. Steaks are good, plus a few wildcard dishes elevate things to the next step.
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Bellemore is an upscale restaurant in the West Loop serving very pretty but somewhat uneven American food.
Roister is the casual restaurant from the Alinea team. It’s still expensive, but it’s fun, laid-back, and excellent.
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
Any restaurant with the words “Pie” and “Biscuit” in its name is probably a place you want to go.
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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
Blue Door Kitchen is a nice but not too fancy Gold Coast restaurant in an old mansion. The courtyard patio is beautiful for when it's nice outside.
Sweetgreen in River North is the gold standard of salad chains. The food is fresh, cheap, and customizable.
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