As the year draws to a close, Esquire announces that two Chicago locations have created the magazine’s “America’s Best New Restaurants” for 2020.
Kevin Sinduwang, director of Esquire’s culture and lifestyle, traveled across the United States with his family when isolated orders hit, listing two new Chicago restaurants as the best new places.
Located on 1600 W. Chicago Ave., Porto has cut one of the best new restaurants, bringing a mix of seafood flavors from Portugal and Spain, the magazine said.
“You can find some familiar items on the menu — like conservatives served at snacks — but these are cheesy, brainy dishes that Chef Marcos Campos excels at,” Jeff Courtinier of Esquire wrote.
The West Town restaurant features “Pasta to Mar”, which uses Spanish sponge noodles and carabineros shrimp in olive oil, Cordinier said. Nori ice cream includes candy seaweed, he said.
“It’s a one-sided approach to the coastal area, but it’s fun,” he said.
Bridgeport’s Pizza, Fried Chicken and Ice Cream Restaurant has been upgraded to an excellent new location, featuring new examples of classic dishes.
“If PFCIC feels like eating in the place of a friend who spilled in the party (socially remote) backyard, that’s kind of the reason,” Courtney wrote.
964 W. The new partnership at 31st Street offers pizza from Eat Free Pizza, which started as a small, secret pop-up space, with Korean-style fried chicken and Chicago brand Freddie Cool ice cream for dessert, magazine detail.
“Hold a six-pack on the doorstep of Maria’s next door (both places are owned by Ed Marzovsky), you have a real neighborhood hanging around,” Cordinier said.
For Esquire’s full list of best new restaurants and best chefs, click here Here.