Top 10 Favorite Meals of 2015
2015 was good to us here at Chicago’s Best. From burgers to burritos, fish to franks, we’ve done it all. Brittney and Elliott took a look back at some of their favorite dishes this year and came up with a handy-dandy list. Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are their top 10 favorite meals of 2015:
- Corner Farmacy: “Not only one of my favorite food trucks, but restaurants in general,” Brittney says. This food truck is serving up farm-to-fender fare that’s delicious and good for you. We featured “The Goat” breakfast sandwich but you can’t go wrong with any of the menu items. “It’s great to support a local business and know where you food is coming from,” according to Miss B. We couldn’t agree more. Location varies so be sure to check them out on Twitter @CornerFarmacy
- Smalls. Smoke Shack & More: “A small place that packs in huge flavor,” Brittney says. “The Filipino barbecue pork is out of this world.” The smell of smoke smacks you in the face as soon as you walk into this little blue building and the hit to your taste buds is quick to follow. It’s that kind of melt-in-your-mouth, slap-yo-mama meal you’ve been looking for. Location: 4009 N. Albany Ave. in Irving Park
- Diez y Ocho: This Pilsen joint serves up amazing burgers like you’ve never had before. “My first time having a burger made of chorizo and beef,” Brittney says. “Just the right amount of spice and topped with an egg, it’s the perfect combo.” Location: 2000 W. 18th St. in Pilsen
- Donermen: It was a solid year for food trucks on the show, so it’s only fitting Brittney’s list features two. “The Doner Box is the perfect street food,” Brittney says. German street food with a modern twist makes for the perfect food truck find. Location varies. Hit ’em up on Twitter @DMenTruck
- Taqueria Asadero: “The el pastor burrito is the best burrito in the city,” Brittney says. But don’t just take her word for it. This taqueria serves up hundreds of the el pastor burrito every day. We pitted it against a south side taco for our Northside v. Southside episode but Brittney says she’d put it up against any burrito in the entire city. Location: 2213 W. Montrose Ave.
- Dusek’s Board & Beer: Ever hear of choucroute? Order it now, thank us later. Duck confit, pork belly, sausage, and some other goodies pack one heck of a punch in this bohemian dish. “Possibly one of the best dishes I’ve eaten on the show … period,” Elliott says. Make an evening of it and check out the punch room downstairs or the piano bar across the hall. Location: 1227 W. 18th St. in Pilsen
- Boston Fish Market: “You’d expect to find seafood downtown but this is worth sailing out to Des Plaines,” Elliott says. The lobster roll will tickle your taste buds in all the right places. “The family who owns and runs this place has a reputation for outstanding food and hospitality for good reason,” he says. Location: 1225 Forest Ave. in Des Plaines
- 35th Street Red Hots: No Top 10 list is complete without a hot dog and the folks at 35th Street Red Hots do the depression dog right. Hand-cut fries and a no-frills atmosphere add to the appeal of this classic Chicago joint. “My favorite depression dog in Chicago,” Elliott says. “And the Ketchup Bell of Shame is a nice added touch to a spot with South Side sensibility.” Location: 500 W. 35th St. in Bridgeport
- The Square Circle: Stuffed. Burgers. Need we say more? This wrestling-themed sports bar packs a punch with their inventive burgers and insane milkshakes. The Screamin’ Demon had Elliott screamin for more. “They’re just damn good at what they do,” he says. Location: 2418 N. Ashland in Lincoln Park
- Lem’s BBQ: “If you like rib tips and hot links, you have to visit the place that brought it to Chicago,” Elliott says. Lem’s sets itself above the rest with a classic aquarium smoker and unique vinegar-based sauce you can’t find anywhere else. It’s been in Chatham for over 50 years serving up some of the best barbecue this city has to offer. Location: 311 E. 75th St. in Chatham
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