Living in a big city like Chicago has its perks- plenty of job opportunities, a diverse culture, and endless entertainment options. But with all the hustle and bustle comes the challenge of finding quality restaurants that are affordable and close to home. If you’re an executive staying in corporate housing and looking for a great restaurant, never fear! We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favorite restaurants that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest palate. From pizza to Thai food, we’ve got you covered!
1. Mastro’s Steakhouse
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Mastro’s is the perfect place to enjoy a nice, juicy steak. But be warned- the prices are definitely on the higher end. However, the quality of the food and service more than make up for it. If you’re looking to treat yourself (or someone special), Mastro’s is definitely the place to do it.
You can order any kind of steak you can imagine and an array of other seafood and non-seafood items. The menu also features a variety of sides, like mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and roasted Brussels sprouts. And don’t forget about dessert! The chocolate souffle is to die for.
Looking for a cheaper option than Mastros? Try Oriole! The menu’s focus is seasonal American cuisine, so you can expect to find a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year. The chefs also like to experiment with global flavors, so you’ll find some unique and interesting dishes on the menu.
Some of the favorites include the roasted chicken with burnt honey, the smoked trout with fennel, and the grilled lamb chops with harissa. The portions are also very generous, so you definitely won’t leave Oriole feeling hungry!
If you’re willing to spend a bit more on a truly unique dining experience, Alinea is the place for you. The menu is ever-changing, so you never know what you’ll be served. But one thing is for sure- it will be absolutely delicious. The chef likes to play around with both traditional and contemporary flavors and ingredients, so you’ll be in for a real treat.
Some of the dishes that are served include foie gras with peanut butter and jelly, lobster with black truffle, and pot de creme with Meyer lemon. No matter what you order, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing meal at Alinea.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more casual, Goosefoot is an excellent option. The focus of the menu is seasonal French fare, so you can expect to find dishes like roasted chicken, braised lamb shank, and gratinated potatoes.
The highlight of Goosefoot, however, is definitely the dessert menu. The pastries are all made fresh in-house, and they’re divine. We highly recommend the chocolate mousse- it’s to die for!
5. North Pond
North Pond has those ” love in the air” vibes and is perfect for people who are feeling romantic.
This restaurant is in a beautiful setting- right next to a pond in Lincoln Park. The menu features seasonal American cuisine with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Some of their favorite dishes include roasted beets with goat cheese, grilled trout with hazelnuts, and roasted chicken with mushrooms.
And don’t forget to save room for dessert! The North Pond Sundae, made with locally sourced ice cream and topped with fresh berries, is the perfect way to end your meal.
So there you have it- our top 5 restaurants while your associate is staying in our executive apartment in Chicago! Whether you’re looking for a luxurious dining experience or something more casual, there’s sure to be a spot on this list that’s perfect for you. Bon Appetit!