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Lettuce Guide to Chicago: ‘The Bear’ Edition

Where would Carmy, Sydney & Richie eat at Lettuce?

FX’s The Bear is the talk of Chicago, with season 3 shooting all over town and cast members popping into Lettuce restaurants (Corey Hendrix attended the opening of Tre Dita at The St. Regis Chicago) and other iconic spots on the DL. In anticipation of the series’ new episodes coming soon to Hulu, we put together this guide to Chicago, matching the show’s characters with what would undoubtedly be their favorite Lettuce spots IRL.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for seasons 1 and 2 of The Bear.

Carmy + The Oakville Grill & Cellar

Mushroom & Eggplant Ragu at The Oakville Grill & CellarCarmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White) would find a kindred spirit in The Oakville Grill & Cellar Executive Chef Max Robbins. Both masters of their craft with experience at Michelin-starred restaurants, they’ve gone on to earn accolades for putting a totally fresh spin on classic dishes by using simple, straightforward, quality ingredients. The Oakville’s Mushroom & Eggplant Ragù (which is so hearty you’d never guess it’s meatless!) would be a go-to for Carmy. Yes, Chef.

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Get the recipe for The Oakville’s Mushroom & Eggplant Ragù.

Richie + Tre Dita

Tre dita dining oromRichie’s season 2 glow-up involved him discovering his true purpose as maitre d’ of The Bear, having honed his skills by interning on the team of another renowned Chicago fine dining establishment. With his newfound knowledge of hospitality that’s all about going the extra mile, Richie (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) would thoroughly appreciate the guest experience at Tre Dita while devouring Chef Evan Funke’s authentic handmade pastas and expertly prepared Bistecca Fiorentina.

Make a reservation at Tre Dita at The St. Regis Chicago

Sydney + Aba

Aba Crispy Short Rib HummusBoundlessly creative and resourceful, Carmy’s chef de cuisine extraordinaire Sydney (Ayo Edibiri) saves the day more than a few times. A disastrous service of lamb ragù at her catering company’s final gig led her to Mr. Beef, where her obsessively perfected recipe for short rib risotto earned the restaurant a rave review from a local restaurant critic. Sydney would most certainly find her happy place in Aba Chef Partner CJ Jacobson’s menu of modern mezze favorites, like Lamb Ragù Hummus and Crispy Short Rib Hummus.

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Marcus + Beatrix

Thick slice of Beatrix's Tall, Dark and Handsome chocolate cake on white plateThe Bear’s in-house baker Marcus (Lionel Boyce) lost sleep over creating the perfect chocolate ganache cake in season 1. He would no doubt spend a lot of time at Beatrix’s pastry counters figuring out how to dupe the all-day favorite’s beloved cookies and baked goods. Or maybe Executive Pastry Chef & Partner Yasmin Gutierrez would try to lure him away from Carmy to bring his vision and precision to serving desserts like Beatrix’s signature, gluten-free Tall, Dark & Handsome Chocolate Cake.

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Want try your hand at another dessert that would be Marcus-approved? Make RPM Steak’s 14K Chocolate Cake!

Tina + Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Jennie's Mashed Potatoes at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone CrabMr. Beef veteran Tina (Liza Colón-Zayas) is a whiz when it comes to zhuzhing up classics, like her recipe for rosemary mashed potatoes. She would marvel at what Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab does with sides—Jennie’s Mashed Potatoes at Joe’s are a gold standard in Chicago (IYKYK)not to mention other time-tested signatures like Lobster Mac & Cheese, Seafood Chopped Salad, Dry-Aged Ribeye Sandwich and Joe’s Fried Chicken. 

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Don’t forget pie! Joe’s Key Lime Pie is legendary – make it now.

Natalie + Mon Ami Gabi

Egg White Omelette at Mon Ami GabiThanks to Carmy’s sister Natalie’s head for business, renovations of The Bear become a reality in season 2. Seeing “Sugar” hangry and frustrated while working through this massive project, Sydney lovingly prepares the most perfect French omelet for her pregnant colleague. We’re sure that Natalie (Abby Elliott) would frequent bistro classique Mon Ami Gabi for the delicate omelets and other authentic French cuisine for cozy dates with Pete, and someday soon, a family brunch with their new bundle of joy. (Oui, Chef!)

Make a reservation at Mon Ami Gabi – Lincoln Park
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Donna + Osteria Via Stato

Osteria Via Stato's Seafood StewJamie Lee Curtis brought major drama as the Berzatto clan’s long-suffering matriarch, laboring over a Feast of the Seven Fishes for her ungrateful family. Cigarette in hand, she bakes and stirs and stews all day long during a holiday episode for the ages. Donna would do well to treat herself to authentic pasta, meatballs, the Famous Italian Dinner Party and more at Osteria Via Stato anytime, and maybe next Christmas Eve, take a break from cooking to enjoy the traditional holiday feast prepared by Chef Partner David Di Gregorio.

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Channel Donna Berzatto with the recipe for Osteria Via Stato’s Seafood Stew. 

Uncle Jimmy + Shaw’s Crab House

Shaw's Crab House Crab Legs on a plateCarmy’s Uncle Jimmy “Cicero” Kalinowski (is a man who enjoys the finer things in life, so we know he’d be a regular at Shaw’s Crab House. As iconic as it gets in Chicago, we’d surely catch him in a red leather booth at this River North seafood stalwart digging into a plate of King Crab Legs while negotiating a deal on a cocktail napkin, or just snagging a few moments of peace to himself as he throws back some oysters and martinis at Shaw’s Oyster Bar.

Make a reservation at Shaw’s Crab House – River North
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Mix up Shaw’s Classic Martini for some Uncle Jimmy-style fun at home.

The Fak Brothers + R.J. Grunts

Menu favorites at R.J. Grunts

With $5 classic cocktails available during late-night happy hour every Thursday-Sunday, plus all-American grub like Potato Skins and the French Dip Enigma (the other iconic beef sandwich in Chicago, in our humble opinion), we can’t think of a better place for Neil and Theodore Fak (Matty Matheson and Ricky Staffieri) to pass the time waiting for parts to come in to fix the condenser/walk-in/range hood and everything else at The Bear in need of the goofy brothers’ mechanical expertise. (FUN FACT: Staffieri is a former employee of R.J. Grunts and met his spouse there!)

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Gary + Hub 51

Hub 51's Pulled Chicken Nachos

Gary “Sweeps” Woods (Corey Hendrix) played farm ball for the Chicago Cubs, and though he never went pro, we think he’d love digging into Hub 51’s Famous Pulled Chicken Nachos, sushi, salads and more, while watching the Cubbies on the many TVs available at the super-chill River North spot. Just a two-minute walk from Mr. Beef/The Bear, Hub 51 would be the perfect place for the low-key cook to relax before heading into an intense night on the line with Carmy and crew.

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Did you know that Hub 51’s lower level space Sub 51 has transformed into a Tokyo-inspired listening bar for the month of April? Don’t miss this immersive cocktail pop-up series from Three Dots and a Dash!

Claire + Pizzeria Portofino

Lunch at Pizzeria PortofinoPizzeria Portofino is simply made for brunch-as-breakup-recovery, and after That Scene with Carmy trapped in the walk-in (NO, Chef, no!), we’re pretty sure that what “Claire Bear” would do is gather her girls for a heartache-healing feast of pizza, pasta and very large Aperol spritzes. Revenge dining at its finest, and with a fabulous view from an all-seasons riverfront patio.

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In the mood for a date with yourself? Check out the best Lettuce restaurants for solo dining. (You might just run into Carmy…)

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