Chris Pandel


  • Ten Best New Restaurants in America
    GQ Magazine
  • Nominee for Best New Restaurant (Balena)
    James Beard Foundation
  • Bib Gourmand (Balena)
    Michelin Guide
  • The People's Best New Chef
    Food & Wine
  • Top 50 Best New Restaurants (Balena)
    Bon Appétit
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in Chicago

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Fried egg sandwich
Fried egg sandwich
$$$, Full Bar, New American, Bucktown
"Sundays at the Bristol are special indeed. Chris Pandel’s spin on fried eggs includes pork belly, Mornay sauce, and breakfast potatoes. It’s the perfect weekend indulgence and only available during brunch."
Basque cake
$$$, Full Bar, New American, Bucktown
"One of my personal all-time favorite desserts is this one at The Bristol. Made by one of the best pastry chefs in Chicago, Amanda Rockman, her basque cake is something you will crave after you eat it on a regular basis. The moistness of the cake with the apple confit, cinnamon walnuts, and cider sobayon is a home run with the bases loaded."
Charcuterie board
$$$, Full Bar, New American, Bucktown
"Order any and all of their housemade charcuterie selections; they do a fantastic job in this department. My favorites throughout the year have been the tête de cochon, which has always been very tender, brightly flavored, and perfectly seasoned as it melts in your mouth. Another comes in the form of beef heart that has undergone the pastrami treatment. It made me wish I had two slices of marble rye and eight more ounces of the heart. What a sandwich that would make!"
Crispy pig's tail
$$$, Full Bar, New American, Bucktown
"I have never had a bad dish at The Bristol, but the one that stands out as being totally different is the roasted pork tail. It comes with lettuce wraps and an incredible array of garnish. In the winter, I also love Chris Pandel’s pasta and the apple salad with marinated manchego."