Start on Western and head west. Stop at Isla Pilipina for friendly Filipino goodness, walk over to Paprika for Shah Kabir’s homemade Indian specialties, grab the amazing Vietnamese pork meatball bánh mì at Nhu Lan Bakery, dine at Chris & Nina Nugent’s sublime Goosefoot if you can snare a rare reservation, warm your belly at Sarajevo near California, have the greatest spicy chicken wings ever at Great Sea just past Kedzie and and go back in time at Marie’s Pizza & Liquors west of Pulaski. You’ll find Korean, Mexican, Polish and more along the way.
—David Manilow, creator & executive producer, Check, Please!; host, Chat, Please!
Best of Chicago 2015