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4 Global Gems

Ariel Cheung | June 26, 2018 | Feature Features

The 50 finest things on the Chicago food scene in 2018
Clockwise from top left: Katana, Tanta, Mi Tocaya Antojería and Parachute

Mi Tocaya Antojería
Chef Diana Dávila has been wowing critics and diners alike since opening her inventive Logan Square eatery in early 2017. Her colorful plates feature her creative spins on Mexican cuisine, as exhibited in dishes like the carnitas-style duck leg with frijoles guerros and tomatillo, or lobster esquites with crabmeat and corn (pictured). The laid-back interior makes for an inviting spot for a few delicious cocktails or a breezy night out with friends. 2800 W. Logan Blvd.

There’s something for everyone at this L.A. import, where both modern and traditional Japanese dishes get equal love. Dozens of items from the robata grill are simple and subtly smoky, as exhibited in the jidori chicken or aged ribeye. Sushi chefs look to dazzle with a wide range of offerings, from shima maki to kanpachi nigiri. All are easy to enjoy within a dining room straight from a James Bond movie set. 339 N. Dearborn St.

Chef-owner Gastón Acurio and executive chef Jesus Delgado pen a love letter to their native Peru with this vibrant River North restaurant. Cebiches are front and center, but Tanta also celebrates the country’s ties to Japanese cuisine with niguri nikei and sashimi-esque tiraditos. A massive menu makes selecting a favorite tough, but no meal would be complete without a taste of the El Chingon cocktail, complete with spicy, spherical rocoto ice. 118 W. Grand Ave.

This Michelin-starred Avondale restaurant might be small in size, but its Korean-inspired fare looms large on the Chicago dining scene. Husband-and-wife duo Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark frequently shift menu items to highlight seasonal produce, so be sure to try dishes like steamed nettle dumplings and smoked yuba with English peas while you can—and always with a side of the baked-potato bing bread. 3500 N. Elston Ave.


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