Chicago food and entertainment writer Audarshia Townsend discusses hidden gems in Chicago to impress out-of-town guests.
Federales’ Menu Highlights: Artisanal tacos stuffed with brisket, pork or chicken; original and classic Mexican-focused cocktails; shot glasses made of ice for tequila, whiskey, etc.
Address: 180 N. Morgan St., 773-831-9696
Arbella’s Menu Highlights: Global menu features small bites and cocktails from Cuba, Mexico, Italy, Japan, London, etc. such as a grapefruit-infused gin Negroni and classic Singapore Sling, plus tuna poke, tuna tacos, grilled lamb chops and more.
Address: 112 W. Grand Ave., 312-846-6654
Beacon Tavern’s Menu Highlights: $55 Negroni made with vintage spirits; seasonal soft-shell crab sliders; lots of seafood entrees, a signature burger and steak on the menu
Address: 405 N. Wabash Ave., 312-955-4226
Naoki Sushi’s Menu Highlights: Japanese small plates, signature sashimi, classic sashimi, hand-rolled maki rolls, sushi-friendly cocktails
Address: 2300 North Lincoln Park West, 312-868-0002
Robert’s Pizza Co.’s Menu Highlights: Gourmet thin-crust pizza; creator of the “pizza flight” featuring pizza “salad,” seafood pizza, fennel sausage pizza, and “dessert” pizza topped with Häagen-Dazs, fresh fruit and chocolate sauce.
Address: 355 E. Ohio St., 312-222-0905