Chicago

Anything owned by Paul Kahan and Donny Medea

These two are the bad boys of Chicago and all of their restaurants rock.

 

Check out Blackbird, Avec, or The Publican

Be ready to eat some really delicious, perfectly cooked food with fantastic service and design. www.blackbirdrestaurant.com, www.avecrestaurant.com, www.thepublicanrestaurant.com

 

Hot Doug’s

Chicagoans love their dogs; and this place is one of the best and most creative. www.hotdougs.com

 

Gibson’s

For a really fun night out at a great steakhouse, check out this Windy City institution. www.gibsonssteakhouse.com

 

Matchbox

The smallest bar I’ve ever been in, I think. Order the Bloody Mary, but be patient….it’s worth it.