Eric Loughlin, Concierge, theWit
For some of the finest Ethiopian cuisine in town, head on up to Uptown and experience Demera. Vegetarian? There might not be a better food for you than Ethiopian, which features a wide range of vegetables stewed in spice combinations that are rarely used in other cuisines. Hate being bound by the rules and regulations of silverware? Perfect, as all the food is served with injera (a spongy, sourdough-risen flatbread) that you tear apart and use to scoop up your portions.
Kyle Francsis, Concierge, Ritz-Carlton Chicago
Strings Ramen in Chinatown. I love the seafood ramen with the miso broth. Added bonus? If you run out of noodles you can order extra, full or half orders, depending on how much broth is left. #ChicagoInsiders tip: They do not take reservations, but it is well worth the wait. Plus it’s in the heart of Chinatown so you can do a bit of exploring as well.
Shannon Boland, Chef Concierge, LondonHouse Chicago
Chicago has a ton of amazing Italian restaurants! Having just gotten engaged in Italy myself, I love being tucked away in the charming booths at Acanto. Located just steps away from “The Bean” at Millennium Park, this adorable restaurant has hand-rolled pastas, wonderful seasonal risottos, and a wine list to die for!
Mat Chapman, Concierge, JW Marriott Chicago
A place I find myself often is Ca Phe Da, a wonderful Vietnamese cafe in the predominantly Mexican neighborhood of Pilsen. They have a very nice assortment of interesting Bahn Mi and Pho, but I love the simple “Worker’s Special” which is a bowl of sticky rice, some well-seasoned chicken, and some pickled vegetables. Paired with a lovely lychee pastry? Doesn’t get much better than that.
Denise Szwec, Chef Concierge, Westin O’Hare
Café Touché is a charming, classic French bistro in Edison Park. Popular with locals, this gem boasts a quaint atmosphere and delectable dishes. My favorite is just spending an evening sipping a great wine and working my way through their Les Hors-D’Oeuvres selections.
Roxana Barszcz, Concierge, Hyatt Regency Chicago
One of the few remaining Polish restaurants on Milwaukee Avenue, make sure to visit Staropolska Restaurant in Logan Square. I enjoy having their potato pancakes with applesauce on the side and you can’t go wrong with the Polish Plate which has dumplings, stuffed cabbage and sausage with pasztecik, and sauerkraut.