Address: 74 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
Chicago has surprised me so far with really good food (I didn’t know what to expect before coming), and the best restaurant I have tried so far is Ema. Ema is a Mediterranean restaurant located at the Hyatt Place in River North, and I would definitely go back again.
Ema has a bunch of menu options, and most of the items on the menu are pretty small and sharable. Most of the dishes come with bread, but a couple of them come with rice. The bread is really good, and it tastes even better when you dip it into the sauces (or when you eat it alongside the rest of the meal).
Some of my favorite dishes that I tried at Ema were the chicken eggplant mezze, the hummus with lamb ragu, and the chicken kefta. One thing I like about Ema is that all of the dishes are pretty light, so even if you order a bunch of different things you don’t feel too oily/heavy. Even with eating a lot of bread, I didn’t feel stuffed at the end of the meal (in a good way).
Ema has plenty of outdoor and indoor seating, and the restaurant is conveniently located in River North at a nice hotel. Especially for a hotel restaurant, the food is also reasonably priced!
Ema Recommendation Rating: 4
This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!