Kumiko is an upscale cocktail bar in the West Loop from the owners of Oriole, and it’s ideal for a special occasion. It has an a la carte food and drink menu, plus two seatings a night for a tasting menu at the bar (with five courses of cocktails and food for $130). Even though the food is prettily plated and fancy-looking, it’s still excellent drinking food - with small bites like shrimp tempura and a miniature pork belly bao that’s so good you’ll wish it was bigger.
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Omakase Takeya is a high-end sushi spot underneath Ramen Takeya in the West Loop.
Elske is a tasting menu spot in West Loop that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and we’re big fans.
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Excellent sushi in an unlikely spot. This tiny restaurant at the bottom of the Hilton hotel on Mies van der Rohe Way street is worth a trip for any real sushi fan.
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Schwa, the restaurant equivalent of the most interesting man in the world. Better start working on the reservation now.
Smyth serves Virginia-inspired tasting menus in the West Loop, and it’s one of the best restaurants in Chicago.
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