A Taste of the World in Chicago: Try These Zagat-Rated Deals
One of the perks of living in a big metropolitan city is that you get to rub shoulders with millions of other people during rush hour. Wait, no, that’s not the perk. The perk is, with those millions of people comes a diverse range of food options, and so after that jam-packed train ride, you can wind down to a hot bowl of noodle soup or a plate of Southern grits, the choice is on you.
In Chicago, the options are endless. You can pretty much eat your way around the world by just staying right here in town. Travelzoo and Zagat have partnered up to identify top restaurants within various cuisines and negotiated exclusive savings so that you can enjoy your favorite dishes for less.
Korean-Puerto Rican Fusion: Belly Shack, 1912 N. Western Ave.
Chef Bill Kim and his wife Yvonne combines Korean and Puerto Rican flavors to bring to you new, creative comfort foods at the hip spot, Belly Shack. With Travelzoo’s $19 deal, receive $30 to spend on any scrumptious item on the menu, including the Belly Dog (pictured below), named one of “America’s Craziest Hot Dogs” by Zagat. Dig in!
Greek: The Parthenon, 314 S. Halsted St.
Rated among the top Greek restaurants in Chicago by Zagat, feast on gyros, baklavas and the famous flaming cheese, saganaki (pictured below), in a traditional five-course menu for two at The Parthenon for $55 (a $92 value). Opa!
Southern Barbecue: Dinosaur BBQ, 923 W. Weed St.
New to Chicago this year is Dinosaur BBQ, originating from Syracuse, NY. Zagat names it one of the hottest BBQ joints and Travelzoo wants you to be amongst the first to their finger-licking St. Louis ribs! Order small plates, entrees and drinks for $49 ($72 value).
Japanese: ANI, 3056 N. Lincoln Ave.
For $45, receive a $70 food credit to ANI. Order anything on the menu including Japanese appetizers, sushi and ramen — Chef Shin Matsuda’s Tantanmen ramen (pictured below) is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.
French: Oceanique, 505 Main St., Evanston
Focusing on French tradition with an American twist, Zagat says the upscale Oceanique “dazzles with expertly prepared New French dishes.” This seafood-centric restaurant is offering Travelzoo members a five-course dinner, utilizing the freshest available ingredients, for only $40 ($80 value). And if you’re making reservations for a Tuesday, leave some time for dollar oysters at the bar!
American: Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookhouse, 324 S. Racine Ave.
Wise Owl “summons sports fans with creative American grub, craft cocktails and a seasonal beer garden for sipping local brews” (Zagat). For $35, receive a $60 credit to spend on food and drinks before or after a game at the United Center located six blocks away.
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