Among the Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu dazzles its visitors with a glimpse into an Incan civilization that was once deemed lost to time. The same can be said for Machu Picchu Restaurant in Chicago, which brings the tastes of tender steaks, seafood ceviche, and marinated chicken down from the Peruvian highlands. Exotic dried peppers accent the pulled chicken, and garnishes such as fried yucca enliven plates of deep-fried fish. As if that weren’t enough, wall-to-wall photomurals surround guests with mountaintop views of Machu Picchu's polished stone buildings and close-ups of adorable alpacas. Guests can bring along a bottle of their favorite beverage to pair with their cuisine.
Heat is key at Tango Sur, where flames lick the edges of rib eye, filet mignon, and pork. The Argentinean grill specializes in flavorful steaks, though its menu includes other Latin specialties such as empanadas and matambre—veal rolled and cooked with veggies and served cold. The dining room’s dim lighting fosters an intimate vibe where couples can retreat for a date night. When the weather warm, this BYOB spot opens its sidewalk seating for al fresco dining.
Hutch American Bistro doesn't just aim to serve better versions of the comfort food American moms and dads have made for decades?it also strives to be more comfortable than any parents' house. Anchoring the warm, intimate space is a bar backed with elegant wood shelves, a nod to the restaurant's rustic, furniture-inspired name. Twinkling, wheel-shaped chandeliers shower light onto tables clustered across vintage tile and gleaming hardwood floors. Inviting golden-yellow walls dominate the interior, while flowerbeds surround a sidewalk patio.
The bistro's real focus, though, is on crafting inventive updates of classic American recipes. The chefs always start early, aging steaks and pork in their spices for 28 days before cooking them with the bone in. Salmon fillets are dressed in barbecue sauce and grilled, while flatbreads are baked crisp in a brick oven. To further celebrate American cuisine, Hutch also serves a list of hand-picked regional wines and local beer on draft and in cans.