From classy to corn dog, here are the best places in Chicago to eat with your hands. No forks required here!
Have a favorite finger food we missed? Tell us where to find it below.
Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant
6120 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60660
Ethiopian food is known for being eaten with your hands. Their dining is characterized by the ritual of breaking bread and eating from the same plate as your friends and family. This ritual signifies the bonds of loyalty and friendship. One thing Ethiopian Diamond signifies for me is, delicious food I’d gladly eat with or without my hands!
Menu items at Ethiopian Diamond include spiced meats, vegetables, beans, and their signature Injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread.
Russian Tea Time
77 East Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603
Tea time anyone? The full tea service at Russian Tea Time, is a Chicago institution. At Russian Tea Time, you can eat with your hands and look classy doing it!
For $22.95 per person, the full tea service includes: A pot of tea, scones, Salmon and Cream Cheese Tea Bite with fresh dill, Mini Rueben with farmer cheese and asparagus, a Mini Quiche with sun dried tomatoes, tarts, and an assortment of Tea Time Cookies.
170 West Ontario Street
The extensive finger food menu and District will make you forget you’re at a bar! From fries to dips, there’s something for everyone on this list. Take a look at some of their featured finger food:
Jumbo chicken fingers
Chips and dip
Herbed White Bean and Roasted Garlic Dip with Pita Chips
Crab Rangoon Dip with Togarashi Wonton Chips
Jalapeno Popper Dip with Tortilla Chips
District Signature Fresh Herb & Garlic Chip Fries
Butter & Garlic Fries
BBQ Spiced Fries
Vanilla Sweet Potato Fries
The Lobby at the Peninsula
108 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Finger foods with a touch of sophistication! The Lobby at the Peninsula has become the ultimate afternoon destination when visiting Chicago. Their beautiful spread offers finger sandwiches, pastries and other sweets on a three-tier tray. Tea, coffee, and champagne are refilled often by the amazing staff. The Peninsula also offers specialty vegan or gluten-free menus.
Afternoon tea served:
3324 North California
Chicago, IL 60618
Hot Doug’s is no stranger to being ranked on top. This Chicago staple is known as the ‘Sausage Superstore’. With names like, The Keira Knightley, The Elvis, and The Salma Hayek, you’ll just want to read the menu to see what’s what. Aside from the variety of hot dog and sausage options, Hot Doug’s is also known for their famous Duck Fat Fries.
2940 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
Enjoy your finger food on the messy side? Roll up your sleeves and get to Crisp. Crisp is known for their amazing chicken, wings, sauces and barbecue. Chicken options include; BBQ, sweet/ginger, buffalo, Korean, wings and boneless wings.
Have a favorite finger food we missed? Tell us where to find it below. —Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago.