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Zagat Releases List Of Top 50 Chicago Restaurants

(CBS) -- Many of the usual suspects, and some unusual ones, show up in the latest ranking of Chicago's top restaurants, reports WBBM's Regine Schlesinger.
It's an eclectic list of fifty restaurants, compiled by Zagat, starting with the ritzy West Loop restaurant Avec, in the top spot and ending with Lou Malnati's pizzeria in fiftieth place. About Paul Kahan's Avec, Zagat describes its Mediterranean cuisine as absolutely delicious with inventive small plates including such delicacies as what it calls "life-changing stuffed dates." Rounding out the top ten in descending order, Grant Achatz's Alinea in Lincoln Park; Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill; Joes Seafood and Stone Crab; Katsu Japanese restaurant; Les Nomades; Next, another Grant Achatz restaurant; Longman and Eagle; Grace in the West Loop and another Japanese place, Arami.

See the full list below:

1. Avec Restaurant, Mediterranean

2. Alinea, American

3. Frontera Grill, Mexican

4. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab Seafood

5. Katsu Japanese Restaurant, Japanese

6. Les Nomades, French

7. Next, Eclectic

8. Longman & Eagle, American

9. Grace, New American

10. Arami, Japanese

11. Spiaggia, Italian

12. Topolobampo, Mexican

13. Tanta, Peruvian

14. Naha, American

15. MK, American

16. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Steakhouse

17. Girl & The Goat, Seafood

18. The Purple Pig, Mediterranean

19. Publican Quality Meats, American

20. Goosefoot, American

21. Smoque BBQ, Barbecue

22. Arun's, Thai

23. Riccardo Trattoria, Italian

24. Au Cheval, American

25. Nightwood, American

26. Sabatino's, Italian

27. Travelle, Mediterranean

28. Kuma's Corner, Burgers

29. Xoco, Mexican

30 Brindille, French

31 Mixteco Grill, Mexican

32 Homestead, American

33 Lawry's The Prime Rib, Steakhouse

34 Top Notch Beefburgers, Burgers

35 Chicago Chop House, Steakhouse

36 Benny's Chop House, Steakhouse

37 Nico Osteria, Italian

38 Kai Zan, Japanese

39 Mercat a la Planxa, Spanish

40 Everest Restaurant, French

41 The Capital Grille, Steakhouse

42 A Tavola, Italian

43 The Publican, American

44 Blackbird Restaurant, American

45 Pequod's Pizza, Pizza

46 Big & Little's, Seafood

47 Green Zebra, Vegetarian

48 North Pond
American • Lincoln Park

49 Turquoise Restaurant, Turkish

50 Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

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