Every year, the James Beard Awards celebrate the country’s top culinary professionals. These prestigious awards help diners find the highest quality restaurants in any city. Chicago is hosting the awards ceremony through 2027, and on May 6th, several of the city’s restaurants and bakeries earned top honors. Here are the award-winning restaurants you won’t want to miss:
Parachute is home to “Best Chef” winners Johnny Clark and Beverly Kim. This husband and wife duo takes a soulful American approach to Korean cuisine. Their exciting creations aren’t found anywhere else. The dishes are made from the finest ingredients, and keep diners returning for more.
Found off-the-beaten-path, the restaurant offers an intimate setting. It features dim lighting and exposed brick, as well as an open kitchen. Popular menu items include bigoli pasta, smoked yuba, and pork katsu.
Publican Quality Bread
At Publican Quality Bread, “Outstanding Baker” Greg Wade offers innovative creations. He grew up in Milwaukee baking alongside his mother and grandmother. Although, it wasn’t until later that he developed a passion for whole grains and long fermentation. Greg is active in the state’s farming community and also uses locally sourced ingredients.
You can enjoy Greg’s bread at The Publican restaurant. The menu features simple farmhouse fare, and the international beer list also complements the rustic cuisine. Try the Edwards County ham served with goat butter and peasant bread.
Pacific Standard Time
Winner of “Outstanding Restaurant Design,” Pacific Standard Time brings the warmth and bounty of California to downtown Chicago. It features a bright, airy space complete with picture windows, wood accents, and an open bar. The eatery is a favorite among locals, and guests always enjoy friendly service. Dinner offerings include roasted black cod, stuffed pappardelle, and pork & shrimp dumplings.
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