West Town Chicago Dining: An Up-and-Coming Foodie Paradise
The small section that connects the areas of Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, Noble Square, and Ukrainian Village is what has become known as West Town, and it’s taking over the dining scene in Chicago. It’s a local’s dream come true, as all of the newest and most talked about restaurants are right here in our backyard. Here, we’ve got the scoop on some of these can’t-miss restaurants making West Town a foodie paradise. Let’s take a closer look at a few of your West Town Chicago dining choices.
West Town Chicago Dining
Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery (1746 W. Chicago Ave.)
Forbidden Root is a cool, steampunk inspired brewpub that’s been remodeled in an old theater. Aside from the unique ambiance, guests can enjoy food and beer in the open, airy space. It’s a great place to grab a burger, or something else off of their full dinner menu, and a drink after work with some friends.
Beatnik (1604 W. Chicago Ave.)
As the name might suggest, Beatnik restaurant is almost like stepping into a themed hotel, rather than a sit-down restaurant. Its atmosphere is tasteful and fun, like stepping into a chic Wes Anderson flick. It’s the perfect place to grab a cocktail and a bite. From sipping cognac slushies among a jungle of tropical plants, to munching on dishes like fried quail and rabbit arepa from the comfort of a daybed from Bali, this bohemian-inspired dining experience is one you won’t forget.
Boeufhaus (1012 N. Western Ave.)
Boeufhaus isn’t your traditional steakhouse, rather it’s more of a steak-centric tavern with a German twist. With its exposed brick and dimly lit, casual vibe, it feels like a cozy neighborhood hangout where you can meet up with some friends after work to relax and grab a bite. And, the menu doesn’t disappoint either, boasting everything from steak tartare and fries to sauerkraut spaetzle.
La Scarola (721 W. Grand Ave.)
If you want old-school Italian, head to La Scarola. Complete with white tablecloths and celeb pictures on the walls, you’ll get massive portions of pasta and veal parmigiana. It’s that go-to neighborhood space that’s just very down to earth and likable, which you’ll come to see in no time at all, as the restaurant is constantly booked solid. So, don’t forget to make your reservation before you head out.
Yuzu Sushi and Robata Grill (1751 W. Chicago Ave.)
If you want to experience the best sushi in West Town, Yuzu is a must. From simple, traditional sushi to their massive, creative specialty rolls, they do it all. At Yuzu, it’s all about aesthetics and the overall dining experience. When you order the Dragon Roll with shrimp tempura, avocado, and unagi, you don’t get the traditional Dragon Roll, for example; you get the Yuzu-inspired roll that shows up with a crazy, elaborate dragon actually drawn out of food-colored spicy mayo! Sure, it’s a bit over-the-top, but it looks amazing (can you say, ‘Hello, Instagram!’), and it tastes even better.
J.J. Thai Street Food (1715 W. Chicago Ave.)
This specialty BYOB restaurant is both casual and small, perfect for catching up over a delicious bite. J.J. brings Thai street food straight to you with dishes like Khao Mun Gai (chicken and rice) and Gai Satay (chicken skewers). So, if you’re looking for an exotic escape from the bitter Chicago cold, this is the place to be.
Roots Handmade Pizza (1924 W. Chicago Ave.)
No Chicago neighborhood is complete without a pizza joint, and, Roots is a solid option. They offer both carry-out and dine-in from their huge menu that has everything from salads to a long rotating list of pizzas designed by local chefs, and specialty pies. There’s also a large bar area and patio perfect for hangouts and large groups.
There’s something delicious for absolutely everyone in West Town, and these are just a few to get you started. So, if you’re a Chicago foodie looking for a new neighborhood to call your own, we suggest you move in fast before this hip new spot really hits the map!