Eater Awards Crowns Chicago's Finest, Daisies Shines as Restaurant of the Year as Thattu Chefs Win Big Amid Culinary Renaissance

Eater Awards Crowns Chicago's Finest, Daisies Shines as Restaurant of the Year as Thattu Chefs Win Big Amid Culinary RenaissanceSource: Google Street View
Jo Marquez
Published on December 07, 2023

The Windy City's culinary scene continues to heat up with the announcement of the 2023 Eater Awards, highlighting the cream of the crop in Chicago's dining establishments. The awards, known for recognizing the outstanding offerings of restaurants in the city, were revealed in an article by Eater Chicago's editor, Ashok Selvam. Among the winners is Daisies, crowned Restaurant of the Year, touting its commitment to sustainability and strong salaries for staff.

Not to be outshoned, chefs Margaret Pak and Jolly Nelliparambil snagged the Chefs of the Year title for their work at Thattu, a South Indian concept that brings the spirit of Kerala to Chicago's diverse food landscape, according to Eater Chicago. The winning streak for unique dining experiences continues at Meadowlark, dubbed Bar of the Year, with their drinks menu paying homage to Chicago's 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Time Out Chicago also released its own list of culinary giants, with Boonie's, a Filipino standout, and Thattu joining the ranks of must-visit eateries. Time Out praised Oriole as a two-Michelin-starred fine dining experience that tops their list and lauded Kasama for its Michelin-starred tasting menu and casual daytime offerings. Both lists not only celebrate the city's established favorites but also newcomers that are shaking up Chicago's dining scene.

While Eater Chicago reflects on the city's resilience and culinary creativity post-pandemic, with spots like the Logan Square drinking den Meadowlark and late-night hotspot Warlord challenging conventional notions of bar and dining culture, Time Out offers a comprehensive look at the establishments that make Chicago a gastronomic haven with no signs of slowing down.

In the fiercely competitive restaurant industry of Chi-Town, these lists serve as a compass for residents, and tourists alike seeking experiences that stand out in taste and originality. Aligning with both publications, these venues and chefs represent the top tier in a bustling metropolis bursting with flavors from across the globe. Chicago's dining scene is thriving, thanks to passionate restaurateurs and chefs who put innovation on the table every day.