Chicago’s Best Kept Dining Gems

  • 21 August 2018

Chicago is among the cities with top international restaurant scenes in the United States. The Windy City has in its platter something for every possible taste and cuisines. However, food connoisseurs and epicureans like me always look for the unusual culinary experience, something extraordinary, delicious and yet hard to find. Fortunately there are a plethora of hidden gastronomic gems with a different culinary focus in Chicago.

Here’s my guide to some of the best-kept secret restaurants and my all-time favorites which are sure to cast a spell on you. Read on to find out my round-up of the city’s most intriguing yet incognito restaurants.


Aloha Eats

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The more I visit this authentic Hawaiian grill joint, the more I fall in love. This Lincoln Park spot offers a menu with chock-full of best Hawaiian choices. For Musubi lovers, this place is bliss. My favorites from their menu include Musubi, Loco Moco, Katsu, and Hawaiian barbecue beef and macaroni salad. One of the most recommended dishes is Kalua Pork which is Hawaii’s answer to pulled pork.


Hoosier Mama Pie Co

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This one is not a best-kept secret anymore because of lip-smacking pies the place offers. Not only the setting that made me fall in love with this place instantly but a wide range of uni-flavored pies from chicken pot pies, to the classics such as Apple, lemon chess, and the Chocolate Chess, and the fantastic passion fruit meringue have become my all-time favorites.



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Tucked in the North Clark Street, this upscale restaurant tops the list of my favorites. Their exciting range of hot dogs never fails to amaze. The hot dogs with Thuringer beef are class apart. Some of the best grabs you should look for while there are Guinness bear brat, duck sausage, lamb sausage, Italian sausage, Thuringer smoked sausage, Andouille sausage, bockwurst, Kielbasa and Hungarian sausage. However, duck sausage hot dog topped with lobes of foie gras and french fries fried in duck fat are undoubtedly the stars of their menu.


Garifuna Flava

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Best known for serving a fusion of the finest Belizean, Caribbean and West African cuisines, this restaurant has my heart. A lot of things from jerk staples and traditional Belizean stews to soups and conch fritters are my favorites from this quaint restaurant. The real can’t miss items are their panades, sweet potato cake, Belizean Stew chicken, King Fish and Sauteed Shrimp along with their delectable alcoholic drinks. 

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