The New York Times recently released the 2022 edition of the Top 50 Nationally Loved Restaurants, with this year’s venture showing some Chicago representation.
Two North Side restaurants, Evette’s of Lincoln Park and Fulton Market and Dear Margaret of Lakeview, qualified for this year’s list.
Evette’s, which opened its doors just under two years ago, offers Lebanese cuisine, known for its shawarma and gyro plates, along with a weekend brunch at its two locations.
Brett Anderson of The New York Times praised the Middle Eastern-inspired tacos made with jalapeño tabbouleh, whipped feta and crispy halloumi in Aleppo chili oil.
Dear Margaret serves French-Canadian cuisine, with an extensive wine and beer list and plenty of charcuterie offerings.
The Lakeview restaurant just opened in January last year and is quite candid about not serving what is perhaps the obvious French Canadian staple. Dear Margaret warns at the top of their menu on their website that you won’t find poutine inside their doors.
Brett Anderson noted the duck liver pâté, served with pink lemon marmalade and buckwheat granola. Beef tallow-fried smelts and split pea panisse were also acclaimed, the restaurant’s rustic offerings elevating another Chicago eatery to national prominence.
Restaurants in Madison, Wis. and Minneapolis, Minn. join a list of primarily southern and coastal restaurants in the New York Times’ 50 Best Restaurants of the Year roundup.
Chicago was joined by San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, Nashville and Phoenix as cities with multiple entries on the list.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Big Apple led all cities in total admissions with five. A full overview of the list and descriptions of each of the restaurants can be found here.