In addition to the bitter wind, us Chicagoans are known for our deep dish. Shockingly, there is more to our food than greasy thick pizza – and trust me, it just keeps getting better. Here are 7 must-try modern restaurants that opened in 2015-16.

Dos Urban Cantina


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Immersed in modern Mexican culture, Dos Urban Cantina gives off a stylishly casual vibe, with two quartz-topped bars, folk art covered walls, and dramatic light fixtures. This contemporary Mexican restaurant not only elevates its array of food options, but also ups the margarita game.

Dish to try: Raw Scallops in Agua Chile

Bar Mata


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Don’t be fooled by the title. Bar Mata is a very cozy and sophisticated American bar and grill located on the corner by Humboldt Park. Their menu has a range of courses to please all foodies from vegetarians to seafood fanatics. They even have some treats for your sweet tooth.

Dish to try: Chicken Liver Toast with Calabrian Chili and Crispy Skin on Fresh Sourdough

3 Greens Market


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Burgers from Au Cheval, pastrami from Dillman’s, and pastries from Doughnut Vault. And it doesn’t stop yet. Hot and cold salad bar options serve as a great quick in and out option for Chicagoans. The high-quality food is accompanied by a fun and comfortable atmosphere with ping pong tables and couches.

Dish to try: Pastrami, Pastrami, Pastrami

The Blanchard


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Bon appétit. The Blanchard fuses contemporary twists on classic French cuisine with a modern Chicago neighborhood feel. An exceptional view overlooking Lincoln Park combined with an open kitchen setup creates the perfect atmosphere for a special occasion.

Dish to try: Coconut Financier with passion fruit curd, stone fruit, and vanilla ice cream

Sawada Coffee


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Instagrammers paradise. Legendary latte artist, Sawada, crafts coffees and serves doughnuts for your morning pick me up. The trendy atmosphere is accompanied by a hint of retro with arcade games such as pinball machines.

Dish to try: Cappuccino (or whatever quenches your daily cup of joe cravings)

Oyster Bah


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Chicago goes to New England. Open all day for brunch, lunch, and dinner, the Oyster Bah offers all of the seafood favorites. Need a break from the arctic Chicago winters or the humid summers? Oyster Bah is the perfect place to escape and find yourself on a nautical east coast beach.

Dish to try: New England Stuffies with quahogs, celery, and chorizo



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Located in the West Loop, Monteverde is an Italian restaurant that incorporates other cultures from all over the world in their traditional Italian dishes. The homemade noodles put the pasta courses over the top amazing and have people lining up at the door.

Dish to try: Ragu Alla Napoletana

That’s a wrap, folks.