With restaurants popping up faster than you can balance your checkbook, are you in the loop on what’s being buzzed about? These haute spots were anticipated, talked about and appear to have staying power so if you haven’t checked ‘em out yet, you have our endorsement. And without further ado, the top 5 new restaurants of summer/fall.
Sister and neighbor to the Gage, with the opening of Henri finally comes more good dining options in the Loop. Executive Chef Dirk Flanigan serves up French/American classics like lobster Wellington, short rib burgers, oysters mignonette, Dover sole and roast chicken.
18 S. Michigan Ave. 312.578.0763. http://henrichicago.com/
2 Mastro’s Steakhouse
An import from Beverly Hills, we all know California does it bigger and flashier. A celeb magnet for their prime steaks smothered in a secret 15-ingredient dry rub and served sizzling on 400-degree plates, the signature cuts include an 18 oz bone-in filet and 33oz chef's cut bone-in ribeye.
520 N. Dearborn. 312.521.5100. http://www.mastrosrestaurants.com/
3 Chicago Cut Steakhouse
There’s something about ordering on an iPad that just makes dining that much more chic.Pair that with two steak-house veterans, a dazzling space along the Chicago River, a butcher and dry-aging room and you begin to see what all the fuss is about.
300 N. LaSalle. 312.329.1800. http://www.chicagocutsteakhouse.com/
4 Sawtooth Restaurant and Lounge
As someone who could eat some variety of Asian cuisine everyday, the Japanese joints were beginning to seem like a dime a dozen. In stepped Sawtooth though to spice it up with some contemporary Vietnamese in a sexy lounge setting.
1350 W. Randolph. 312.526.3320. http://www.sawtoothrestaurant.com/
5 Rub BBQ Company
Probably the biggest trend in Chicago dining right now, BBQ joints are popping up so frequently you’d think we were south of the Mason-Dixon line. As one of the standouts, Rub hand-slathers their meats with a secret blend of 14 seasonings, and leaves them to rest in a chilled environment for 24 hours. This allows the spices to achieve full flavor before smoking.
2407 W. Lunt Ave. 773.675.1410. http://rubbbqcompany.com/