This Northern Italian restaurant offers homemade pastas with the freshest ingredients. Chef/Owner Maurizio Michi wants all his guests to feel at home.

Chicago Curry House

Nepalese cuisine blends the tastes of Nepal’s neighbors, Tibet, Pakistan, India, and Bhutan. Chicago Curry House brings a fresh flavor to the South Loop.

Tapas Valencia

Tapas Valencia offers a wide range of creative Spanish tapas and unique martinis. The colorful and lively atmosphere provide for a fun night out, whether you sit at the bar or in a booth near the stage, where they often feature flamenco dancers.

Flo & Santos

A Polish and Italian tavern style eatery, Flo & Santos offers delicious pizza as well as Polish classics like pierogis and kielbasa. Thin, crispy pizza is made from scratch daily. The pork wings smothered in buffalo sauce are a favorite.  It’s a great place to watch your favorite sports game. Large portions and friendly service keep people coming back.  

Gooey and Porky at Cafecito

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Almost all of the many restaurants in the South Loop are designed to serve the lunch crowd. I’m willing to bet there is one Potbelly’s, Jimmy John’s, or Panera Bread for every person who refuses to make themselves a sandwich in the morning. I used to find the amount of options overwhelming until I found Cafecito.

Mercat a la Planxa

Located in the Blackstone Hotel, Mercat a la Planxa creates Catalan style tapas.

Eleven City Diner

Bradley Rubin (ex-MK, Ghost Bar, Arnie's and more) is behind this South Loop eatery. Breakfast is served all day and includes options like stuffed challah French toast and steak and eggs. Other perks include a soda jerk who'll whip up goodies like cherry phosphates (served with the mixing tin), plus there's a barista station featuring custom-blended coffee (from Intelligentsia). There's also a deli area where you can grab goods by the pound (like sliced meats and salads).

Cafe Bionda

Joe Farina, who spent a decade as the corporate chef of Rosebud Restaurants in addition to a brief stint at Ballo, is behind this South Loop Italian eatery. Farina ditched Palaggi's South Beach inspired decor; now look for two mahogany bars, warm earthy hues and an open kitchen with a tin ceiling.

Cuatro (closed)

Cuatro strives to bring the traditional flavors of Latin America and Caribbean cuisines in a modern, yet down-to-earth fashion. Their approach is one of simplicity and boldness of flavors with an emphasis on popular mexican cooking.