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Top Restaurants in Chicago
28th September 2006
Author: Natalie Fisher

Serving the best seafood and Italian cuisine, Carmines Chicago restaurant features a bustling bar and a relaxing dining area. Facilitating late dining, the eatery at 1043 N Rush, offers mammoth portions at great prices. Streaming with incredibly beautiful music, the seasonal outdoor seating at Carmine's sidewalk cafe makes for interesting Gold Coast people-watch. The restaurant offers more than a dozen different cigars ($7-$21), though smoking is allowed only in the first floor bar and dining area.

The dining room is comfortable and attractive. With its Rush Street location and upscale supper-club setting, Carmine's Chicago restaurant sets quite a stage. The clubby, dark bar/dining area attracts a sophisticated crowd. The menu is Taylor Street Italian fare, from chunky minestrone and house specialty chicken Vesuvio to satisfying zuppe di mare overflowing with perfectly cooked seafood and linguine in a tomato white-wine broth.

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Another place that will interest all you food-lovers is the Chicago firehouse restaurant, nestles in a historic building in the South Loop.

Built in 1905, this lovely old firehouse has been tastefully restored with a handsome cherry bar, plush leather booths and club chairs. The restaurant is simply outstanding in terms of food and service. Priced quite reasonably, the restaurant clearly exhibits excellent cuisine and atmosphere.

Known for its classic, upscale American food, the traditional Chicago firehouse restaurant serves clean, familiar flavors like plump green onion-studded crab cakes, classic French onion soup brimming with Gruyere cheese and a juicy burger that ranks among the best in town. Popular comfort-food plates like slow-cooked pot roast and roasted Firehouse chicken with au gratin potatoes top the menu. Chicago firehouse restaurant also serves seafood, like pan-fried rainbow trout, mahi-mahi and Florida grouper with artichokes, prosciutto and olive tapenade. The pork chop with chili/mango is to die for. In desserts, pecan pie, Nutella-filled crepes and tempting chocolate chip-banana bread pudding are the must tries.

Soul Food Restaurants in Chicago are known for barbeque and down home southern cooking. Due to the large African American population, "Chi-town" is home to several well-established soul food restaurants. The food is good since these restaurants have survived trends and weathered both good and poor economic times. Located on the West Side, the famous Edna Stewart's soul food restaurant in Chicago is an eating oasis of affordable soul food.

Operating for over 30 years, the place has firmly planted itself in "Chi-town" as an institution of southern cooking. This restaurant offers it all from breakfast, lunch to dinner. The owner Edna Stewart is most proud of her biscuits, so make sure to try them. The menu at Edna's Soul food restaurant Chicago is filled with a variety of southern favorites from fried chicken to cornbread, from collard greens, okra, to sumptuous desserts like peach cobbler, banana pudding, coconut cream pie and much more. Edna's offers both dine-in and take-out service. Operating between 6 am - 7 pm from Tuesday - Sunday, the place is brimming with a crowd of hungry churchgoers on Sundays.

So, whenever in Chicago and hungry, be sure to try these places. To meet your requirement, view all Chicago restaurants under one roof at www.restaurantplace.com. The online Restaurant Menu Directory features the best eateries in Chicago and helps you find a restaurant by name, location and cuisines.