Two restaurants in the South Loop cracked Chicago Magazine's list of the "Top 40 Chicago Restaurants Ever":
36. Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli 1942-present // South Loop (deli food)
Where cops, aldermen, yuppies, old-timers, and multi- cultis have always stood
shoulder to shoulder for massive potato pan cakes and pastrami sandwiches.
16. Everest 1986-present // South Loop (French) This bastion of
haute owes its success—four stars for 19 straight years—to Jean Joho, the anti-trend chef who shows no signs of letting up.
Although Everest is 440 S. Franklin (which is just north of Congress), Chicago Magazine claims it's in the South Loop. We disagree, but it's still good to know a classic restaurants is in our hood.
Another local favorite is Hackney's in Printers Row. Although they didn't make the list, their sister restaurant in Glenview did:
33. Hackney’s on Harms 1939-present // Glenview (American) Some pretty
hotsy-totsy chefs have discovered hamburgers lately, but time was when the
half-pounder on dark rye and fried onion loaf at Hackney’s had no peers.