Chicago restaurants claim #4 and #25 spots in Yelp’s ‘Top 100’

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Yelp’s annual listing is based on user suggestions and trimmed based on ratings and number of reviews. (Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Chicagoans don’t have to travel far to experience one of the country’s top-rated restaurants. That’s because the city is home to not one, but two restaurants in Yelp’s “Top 100 US Restaurants 2022.”

The ninth annual list seeks to highlight some of Yelp’s top-rated restaurants, based on suggestions provided by Yelp users coast-to-coast. This year, restaurants from 35 different states and Washington, DC made the cut, with cuisines ranging from Afghan to Vietnamese and everything in between.

In the Windy City, that list includes Oriole in the West Loop, which took 4th place, and 016 Restaurant and Sandwich Shop in Lincoln Square, which clinched the top quarter in 25th place.

Oriole opened in 2016 as a different dining experience. With fewer than 30 tables and no dress code, their approximately 16-course tasting experience earned the restaurant a two-star MICHELIN rating. The famous travel guide describes it as “one of Chicago’s greatest restaurants”. Claim a reservation for this $285 per person trip through the tock.

016 Restaurant and Sandwich Shop is far from fine dining, but it’s still an experience not to be missed. The Serbia-centric food stop opened in late 2019, “focusing on classic dishes from the town of Leskovac, Serbia, with an emphasis on Midwestern seasonality,” according to its website. It is named after the area code of Leskovac, known for hosting one of the biggest grilled meat festivals in the world and this tradition is reflected in its menu. View offers or make a reservation.

So where should you travel to experience the coveted #1 on the 2022 list? Cocina Madrigal, a Mexican restaurant is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Highlights on their menu include handmade tortillas, grilled romaine salad, and “chunk birria beef enchiladas,” according to Yelp. The restaurant also boasts a 4.5-star rating on the site, based on nearly 2,400 reviews.

The 10 Best Country Restaurants in America, as judged by Yelp and Yelp reviews, are below.

  1. Cocina Madrigal – Phoenix, Arizona
  2. Aracosia-McLean—McLean, Virginia
  3. Fermentation Farm – Costa Mesa, CA
  4. Oriole – Chicago, Illinois
  5. Bird Cookie — Austin, Texas
  6. Jackrabbit filly – Charleston, SC
  7. Junkyard Bistro—Salmon, Idaho
  8. The Goodwich – Las Vegas, Nevada
  9. OSH Restaurant & Grill — Nashville, Tennessee
  10. The Riv – The Dalles, Oregon

A full list of Yelp’s 2022 “Top 100 Restaurants” is available on the site’s blog.

In order to compile this year’s list, Yelp first solicited user suggestions. Submissions were then ranked based on their ratings, number of reviews, and number of times they were suggested by Yelp users. The rankings were further refined with the help of Yelp’s own Community Managers (i.e. Yelp team members from different parts of the country) and a “trend expert”.

“The resulting listing is collaborative and passion-driven — a true reflection of the Yelp community itself,” Yelp wrote in an emailed statement.

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