Check, Please! A to Z

By David Manilow |

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Check, Please! producer David Manilow lists his favorite restaurants from Avenues to Zia's.

A is  for Avenues because of Curtis Duffy’s amazing creations

B is for Blackbird. Smart. Innovative. Memorable

C is for Cemitas Puebla - I crave Tony’s Taco Arabes

D is for Davanti Enoteca. Smart modern Italian. Also “D” for Danny’s in Melrose Park for their neckbones

When I crave ceviche, snapper & tequila, “E” is for El Barco on Ashland. For fine dining, Everest

F is for Freddy’s Pizza in Cicero. Fantastic food & gelato!

G is for Green Zebra for their amazing veggie menu. For steak lovers, G is for Golden Steer and Gibsons

H is for Honky Tonk BBQ and for the original Heaven on Seven

I is for Isla Pilipina and their amazing Philippine cuisine

J is for John’s Place. John is my brother and his restaurants are the best!

K is for Sensational sushi at Katsu and brilliant burgers at Kuma’s Corner

L is for Lula because they’re unique and excellent. Also old school La Villa

M is for Manny’s with a special mmmmention to Moto and mk

Nom nom nom! N is for Noon-O-Kabab

O how I crave those “sassy eggs”. O is for Over Easy on Damen

P is for the patio at Piccolo Sogno, the pig greatness at the Publican and the pizza at Palermo’s 95th in Oak Lawn

Q is for Quartino. Chef John Coletta’s innovative Italian gem

R is for the underrated Rootstock coupled with the charm of Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant

S is for so many... Sabatino’s, Silver Seafood, Spiaggia, Sweet Maple Cafe, SuperDawg

T is for Tre Kronor. Smart, warm and wonderful. An outstanding breakfast spot and more

U is for Urban Belly and to Bill Kim for pioneering the amazing-chef-lower-cost-food craze in Chicago

V is for Viaggio. Maybe the best calamari in the city and Vie for excellence

W is for Wishbone on Washington. Wonderful, diverse, my favorite place for Thurs porkchop specials

X - I liked Xni-Pec when it was in Cicero. It moved to Brookfield and I haven’t been there yet

On the north side Y is for Yoshi’s café and on the south side is for Yassa

Z is for Zia’s Trattoria In Edison Park simply because I sent President Obama there in 2001

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