MICHELIN Guide Inspectors spend all year on the road uncovering the best restaurants to recommend—and what they've found is too good to keep a secret. Whet your appetite with a sneak peek of the upcoming MICHELIN Guide Chicago; Bib Gourmands and Stars will be announced next year. Bon appétit!
Dear Margaret (Lakeview)Cuisine: Contemporary
This is a French-Canadian menu that goes beyond poutine and cheese curds. Comfort and decadence is at the heart of such shareable plates as an heirloom tomato salad starring fromage blanc, pickled shallots, and dressed with black garlic-ice wine vinegar.
Superkhana International (Logan Square)Cuisine: Indian
Indian flavors are mixed and mashed in traditional and unconventional ways, as apparent in naan—a prominent menu fixture—topped with salted jalapeños and mozzarella or reimagined as a calzone stuffed with butter chicken, brushed with ghee, and finished with Maldon salt. It’s not all bread—fiery Kerala crab curry with flaky parotta and a vibrant chana chaat with tamarind and spice are equally impressive.
Lardon (Logan Square)Cuisine: American
Specializing in whole hog, snout to tail butchery, this all-day salumeria offers a dazzling selection of charcuterie arranged on wooden boards or layered on soft deli bread. Such craftsmanship is in full view of the dining room, which includes a curing chamber filled with rows of soppressata, finocchiona, and Spanish chorizo.
Sochi (Lakeview)Cuisine: Vietnamese
Son Do and Chinh Pham are the proprietors behind this gem that pays homage to their childhood in Saigon. The menu is modern Vietnamese with a focus on ingredient sourcing. Ergo, dishes display exceptional depth, so come hungry to sample the duck salad with banana blossoms; or pho, that national treasure, featuring bone broth, flat rice noodles, Wagyu short rib, and aromatics aplenty.