Quick Hits: Chicago Fire’s Miranda Rae Mayo’s Favorite Restaurants in the City

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Chicago Fire star Miranda Rae Mayo has only called Chicago home since she took a role on the hit NBC series in 2016. But, it seems like she’s already got a firm grasp on the culture, the attitude, and the finer points of living in the city.  “Chicago has quickly become one of my favorite places in the world,” she tells us. “I love the people and summer is so fun. Everyone here seems to appreciate the sunshine way more than we do in California. We tend to take it for granted, but in Chicago it’s like Woodstock love every time it gets above 70 degrees.”

One of the other bright spots she’s found in the midwest? The food–she calls it one of her favorite aspects of Chicago living. When she’s not putting out flames, you’ll most likely find her at one of these spots: her five favorite restaurants in the city.

1 Dove's Luncheonette

This Mexican-inspired diner in Wicker Park is known for its soulful menu options like its Chicken-fried-chicken, brisket taco, and avocado toast with cotija cheese.
1545 N. Damen Ave.

2 Mad Social

In addition to its regular menu, which offers a sophisticated take on bar food classics, Phil Stefani's West Loop spot offers one of the haute-est happy hours in the city: think half-priced Champagne and dollar oysters on Monday, and discounted wine and cheese boards on Thursdays.

3 Momotaro

Momotaro's modern take on Japanese cuisine--think Live Dungeoness Crab rice, Mentaiko spaghetti, and soy-marinated quail eggs and bacon--has garnered it a spot as one of the hottest restaurants in the city.

4 Honey's

Executive chef Charles Welch serves up seasonally influenced, Mediterranean-inspired dishes in an airy (and gorgeous) atmosphere at this upscale hotspot.
1111 W. Lake St.

5 Prime & Provisions

No list of Chicago restaurants would be complete without a classic steakhouse, and Prime & Provisions is one of the city's newest and most glamorous, with a modern menu and decor inspired by 1920s supper clubs.
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