Today we have restaurant picks from Andy Dunn, a Chicago native, Northwestern alum, and CEO and Founder of Bonobos. After business school, Andy turned his attention to the world of e-commerce. The result was Bonobos, a menswear brand selling high quality, great-fitting men's clothes with a hassle-free shopping experience.
Bonobos currently has two Chicago stores, the original on Armitage in Lincoln Park, and a newer location at the 900 North Michigan Shops. Holler at Andy on Twitter and make sure to check his awesome Friday Fives below. We also suggest getting yourself a great new Bonobos Hawaiian shirt to rock this summer.
"As an undergrad at Northwestern, this was the best food I could imagine. Now that I’ve eaten great food all over the world, it still is the best food I could ever imagine and remains my favorite restaurant. A falafel sandwich with a large plate of hummus, heavy on sides of tahini and hot sauce, and I am in heaven. The owners were so happy with me at one point they gave me the red polo they all wear inside with the Pita Inn logo."
"The setting here is amazing. Steps from Lincoln Park, in the middle of lush greenery with a beautiful pond in front, and views down to the John Hancock over the foliage. North Pond itself has some very cool Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design, and even more inspired food. I also have a personal affection for this place as it’s where my sister Monica of Monica + Andy got engaged to my brother-in-law of Interior Define, two of Chicago's finer people and two amazing up and coming Chicago-based brands."
"Recently I took my parents to what I like to call the inaugural P.A.D. (parental appreciation dinner). Posted up at a nearby sports bar before the dinner to watch the Cubs, and then rolled into the Green Zebra for some of the most fantastic food I've ever had. My mom is an ardent vegetarian and refers to this place as the best vegetarian restaurant in the city. It's also in one of the city's great up-and-coming neighborhoods, Noble Square."
"When I turned 21, this is where I went. I brought a small crew of friends, and then we were "sssh'd" throughout the night. Why? This place has some of the best jazz and R&B musicians in the world who roll through. What a great night, I still remember it 16 years later."
"A lot of people are confused about Chicago deep dish pizza, as in which is best. Though there are many good ones, I am not in the least confused. In my humble opinion, the best in the city is at Lou Malnati's. With a little corn meal in the crust, what you want to do is go heavy on the hot giardiniera peppers throughout the pie, making it really spicy. I can't think of anything more Chicagoan than a Lou Malnati's pizza made like this with the Cubs playing October baseball. Next year is this year."