I’ve written a few posts now on visiting Chicago, but haven’t yet mentioned the food mecca area that is West Randolph Street, Fulton Market District.
Like Wicker Park and Bucktown, this area’s gone through an image overhaul to become one of the best places to drink, but more importantly, to eat.
As well the seemingly endless restaurants, cafes and eateries in the area, West Randolph Street’s also home to the annual Taste of Chicago food festival.
Where to eat in West Randolph Street, Fulton Market District, Chicago
There’s not much I can write about the area that my photos do better, so I’ll let them do the talking, or should I say writing on this occasion!
As the title of this post suggests, there are too many places to choose from to eat in this area. So, take your pick according to the type of food — and restaurants (from A to S) that you like the look of!
I can’t stress enough how good this burger is at Au Cheval. I’m not American, but I’d happily switch nationality just to get another taste of this burger.
Sizes are generous (no surprises there!) but it’s all about the sauce, and the bread’s pretty good too. Au Cheval has another smaller branch that only sells burgers and fries called Small Cheval!
800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Bad Hunter is a restaurant and bar serving up lots of healthy tasty options like aubergine salads and cauliflower tartine.
This is a good choice for veggies, as the menu offers many wholesome vegetarian options.
802 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Duck Duck Goat
If you like your Chinese food with a modern twist, you’ve come to the right place at Duck Duck Goat. There’s all the dishes you enjoy in a Chinese restaurant, just with an edge.
Take the wonderfully named Slap noodles: a noodle dish with goat sausage and prawns!
857 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Green Street Smoked Meats
Come to Green Street Smoked Meats to get your Texan barbecue fix, and with all the sides.
As the photo shows, the décor is akin to a wood-decked warehouse, and the lighting gives it a homey feel.
112 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
Get a taste of the deep south with this excellent deep-fried chicken at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.
The food’s as comforting as the interior, and you must try the deep-fried okra. Needless to say, I didn’t eat for a long time after my meal!
847 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
de cero Hello Tacos!
Load up on all your Mexican favourites at de cero Hello Tacos! Try a traditional smoked paprika poblano quesadilla, or get your mouth around the generously-filled steak, chicken or fish tacos.
Prices in this cantina are pretty reasonable too.
816 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Treat your significant other (or friend) to a posh night out at Nellcote. The name’s French, but with European-inspired food.
Try a plate of one of their handmade pasta dishes, or get raw with some beef carpaccio.
833 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Everyone loves a good pizza, and Parlor Pizza serves theirs straight from its wood fire oven.
When the sun’s out, be sure to take the opportunity to sit outside and do a spot of people watching.
108 N Green Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Soho House Chicago
I was very happy to see Soho House Chicago, as I’ve only been to the ones in Europe. As you’d expect from the chain, the décor is a mixture of chic and eccentricity. I stayed for cocktails — which were excellent, and not overpowering with the alcohol content.
The restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner, so check the website to see which items take your fancy.
113 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
When exploring the area, don’t miss out on the vibrant street art.
Have you visited this area in Chicago? Which places did you enjoy?