Between classic restaurants and intriguing newcomers, Chicago’s dynamic dining scene is filled with must-eat dishes. Heading into the winter months, it’s an apt time to revisit their comforting staples, from beer-steamed mussels to hearty tacos to sausages and dumplings. These are the 30 essential Chicago bites you need to check out right now.

Truffle pizzette at RPM Italian
Chicago’s a pizza town, to be sure, but most equate that with belt-busting, deep-dish versions that are more akin to casserole. More representative of Chicago’s pizza renaissance is RPM Italian’s truffle pizzette, a dish that reflects the restaurant’s effortless glam while also showcasing the city’s true penchant for crafty, diverse pies. It’s also flecked with cremini mushrooms and fontina for a real umami punch.

52 W. Illinois St.; 312-222-1888