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The Best Dining Destinations To Visit In The Midwest
One of only 14 restaurants in the U.S. to have a three-star Michelin rating and the only one in the Midwest, this Chicago restaurant has been named one of the world's best.
At Alina, Chef Grant Achatz has created three separate and unique dining experiences for his guests: the Kitchen Table, The Salon, and The Gallery.
Aschatz also offers incredible prix-fixe menus. The Salon starts at $315 per person, The Gallery at $425 per person, and the Kitchen Table at $495 per person.
This casual Midwestern restaurant in Dubuque, Iowa, has creative cocktails, craft beers, group experiences, and an innovative, locally sourced menu.
Brazen Open Kitchen Bar
Head Chef Kevin Scharpf was a Best Chef: Midwest semifinalist at the 2022 James Beard Foundation Awards, giving Brazen some national recognition.
This upscale eatery in Lincoln, Nebraska, is unique in its dedication to making food responsibly, working hard to utilize local farms, and remaining seasonally focused.
DISH Restaurant
Driven by sustainability and community, Executive Chef Rachel McGill runs DISH, a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: Midwest Award.
You'll find online sample menus demonstrating the kinds of dishes you can expect at DISH. However, it's constantly changing with innovations to serve customers.
Opened in Kansas City, Missouri, in the flux of the pandemic, Fox and Pearl quickly earned itself a spot in Esquire's 2020 Best New Restaurants in America list.
Fox and Pearl
Chef Vaughn Good brings the historic West Side of Kansas City to life via his smoker and live-fire hearth, breathing new flavor into everything that comes through the kitchen.
Initially built in 1907 as a Swedish lodge hall, the restaurant has phenomenal views and a garden. What is not used on the menu is donated to the community.
Set in a historic hotel in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, this restaurant serves some of the best steak you'll ever eat in an incredibly unique locale.
Grand Central Hotel & Grill
This hotel has had many names since opening in 1884, though it has returned to its original. We recommend reservations as the dining room is relatively petite.