So you got one of those emails from an old friend back home: "Hey lady, I'll be in Chicago next week on business. What's a great restaurant I should try?"
It would take hours to whip up an A to Z guide to the best doughnuts and craft cocktails in town. Instead, send your pal the link to Taste Savant, a website that dishes out advice from people who spend even more time than you do in restaurants.
The site just rolled out a Chicago edition, and it ups the ante on Yelp by presenting insight from industry pros like chefs and food critics. There are user comments, too, but they've been vetted to ensure they're actually useful. (No 1,500-word rants about a rude hostess allowed.)? ?
When you search for, say, Logan Square's Fat Rice, first you'll find out that chefs from two established restaurants--The Publican and Blackbird--love the newer place's "passionate" and "truly unique" Macau-inspired food. ??
Still not convinced? Scroll down to see reviews from the Chicago Reader, Time Out, Tasting Table and more. Then click on the "users" tab to read everyday foodies' reviews and find out whether they think the spot with the two-hour wait is worth the hype. (They do.)