17 Globally Inspired Restaurants Where You Can Eat Your Way Around the World Without Leaving Chicago

If you’ve been locked down in Chicago and feeling some wanderlust, you might be able to sate your appetite for travel (at least for a little while) with the help of your own tastebuds! Check out some of these local restaurants specializing in the cuisines of a number of different countries around the world.


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Momotaro

820 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

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Located in the Fulton Market District and offering a menu of modern Japanese food and beverages, Momotaro will fill you up with sushi, robata, and more.

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Bar Roma

5101 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

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If you’re craving the kind of carbs and meaty sauces that only traditional Italian food can deliver, look no further than Andersonville’s Bar Roma, where you can pair your beloved carbs with craft cocktails and great wines.

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Artango Bar & Steakhouse

4767 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

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According to Artango’s website, an evening at their restaurant “feels as if you’ve traveled to Buenos Aires,” which is probably as close as you’re going to get for a while to real international travel — why not enjoy some grass-fed Argentinean beef and pretend you’ve flown thousands of miles to taste it?

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ROOH Chicago

736 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

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This chic spot near Fulton River District is serving up makhani, curry, and more to satisfy your cravings for modern Indian flavors. Choose from a variety of chutney, naan, or even some wine to go with your large plate items.

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Avli Taverna

1335 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

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According to their website, Avli’s “core philosophies” include “Philoxenia (hospitality), Kefi (joy), and Meraki (passion).” If you have a passion for experiencing joy through Greek food, then this is a good spot for you. Get your mitts on some gyros, shish kabobs, or even a pork souvlakia plate (it comes with garlic aioli).

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Pho Viet

4941 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640

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Whether you’re in the mood for noodle soup or you’re feeling more like a banh mi sandwich, this no-frills Vietnamese restaurant has what you need to fill the void in your heart left by lack of travel (and also human contact).

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Peking Mandarin Restaurant

3459 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

The soups at this Albany Park Chinese restaurant are supposedly for two, but in these wild times, we’re pretty sure you can stuff as much egg drop soup into your face as you want. If you’re looking for some protein or veggies to go with it, the menu is chock full of options.

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Kawayan

4859 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

If you’ve dreamed of waking up in the Philippines, the breakfast options (full of meat, eggs, and garlic) are just one small section of a stacked menu on offer at Kawayan, a Jefferson Park spot for Filipino fare.

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Paladar Cuban Restaurant/Rum Bar

2252 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Not only do you have traditional Cuban food items at Paladar, but these are specifically based on recipes of Paladar owner Jose Gonzalez’s family.

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Ras Dashen

5846 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660

Edgewater hosts this Ethiopian gem, which specializes in an authentic dining experience with fresh Injera bread and lots of vegetarian options.

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Podhalanka

1549 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642

There are few bad days that pierogis, stuffed cabbage, and some hearty stew can’t at least make a positive dent in. If you need some comfort food and a taste of Poland, look no further than the deliciously traditional Podhalanka.

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Taqueria La Oaxaquena Restaurant

3382 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

According to customers, this Mexican restaurant blessing Irving Park with its presence has delicious food at great prices. Their tortas are supposedly a real strong point, as well as their carne asada.

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Ponce Restaurant

4313 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

This family-owned Puerto Rican restaurant near the Hermosa neighborhood boasts a menu full of fresh ingredients and homemade recipes — including, of course, jibaritos.

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Siam Noodle & Rice

4142 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60613

The home of “family-style Thai food” for 3 decades, Siam Noodle and Rice (in Buena Park)  continues to bring you and your growling stomach an assortment of rice dishes, homestyle “esan” dishes, and all-around deliciousness.

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Semiramis Lebanese Restaurant

4639-41 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Shawarma, falafel, dolmas — these are just a couple of the tasty treats you can find at this Ravenswood Manor Lebanese restaurant, which dutifully prepares all of its menu items from scratch.

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Cho Sun Ok

4200 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

To satisfy your Korean food cravings, head over to this spot in Lincoln Square — but don’t forget your bevies! It’s BYOB at Cho Sun Ok, where you can get soups, BiBimBap, and even BBQ for “tabletop cooking.”

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Boleo

122 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603

Perched atop the 15th floor of The Kimpton Gray Hotel, Boleo is dishing up cuisine celebrating the sexy and soulful ambiance of South American cuisine. Small plates encourage constant and quick sharing to embrace the high energy lifestyle of South America. Here, one can expect delights such as Polla A La Brasa, Arroz Chaufa, Ceviche de Meagre, and more!

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