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The thought of cheese typically brings to mind visions of Wisconsin; however that is not the case for the best fried cheese curds. Chicago has the best cheese curds in the country and the creativity with the fried cheese curds is impressive. Cheese curds can even become a meal, they are so fulfilling. Here are the top five venues to eat the best fried cheese curds in Chicago.

228 W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 280-4960

This place is known for their Beer Battered Wisconsin fried Cheese Curds. It’s impossible not to love their curds. The portions are generous, and they arrive at your table fresh and hot! Farmhouse has an extensive micro and macro beer list to go with the curds….beer and curds, the perfect meal! The cheese curds are very light and are served with the Farmhouse made ketchup and ranch, additions which will make the already terrific curds disappear almost instantly.

Antique Taco
1360 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-8697

The chili cheese curds with chorizo chili at Antique Taco absolutely live up to all the hype. They are made with a creamy cheese, chili, jalapenos and tortilla strips. They are nothing short of amazing and this creation has unbelievable flavor, and the crispy tortilla strips give it great texture. Although the Antique Taco has a great menu, the chili curds are the must-try item on their menu. The restaurant is usually packed and has lines for a reason; people don’t go there for the décor or ambiance, they go there because of great food, and especially their chili curds.

Stamper Cheese
834 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60686
(503) 799-2149

Stamper Cheese is true Wisconsin Cheese. Stamper Cheese does not have a store front, they are known in Chicago because of their Farmer’s Market booths.  They can be found selling their cheese at different Farmers Markets around the city. Unfortunately, Farmer’s Market season in Chicago is now behind us. Visit their website, Facebook, or email them for selection and pricing. They are artisans of cheese from Wisconsin. Some of the best cheese in the world comes from Wisconsin! Their website is a treasure of useful information with great descriptions of all the cheeses they sell. Finally, they have very credible wine pairings list for their different cheeses. With regards to cheese curds, their garlic dill cheese curds are famous in the farmer’s market world.

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First Draft
649 S Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 461-1062

First Draft’s homemade fried cheese curds are as good as it gets. It’s hard not to love crispy fried cheese when it arrives at the table, nice and hot. First Draft is a premier beer house with an amazing and enormous beer list that is constantly updated…and included in this list are a number of local micro beers. They are located in Printer’s Row, just south of the Loop. Some would label this as a sports bar with the many TVs throughout the restaurant.

Twisted Spoke
501 N. Ogden
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 666-1500

The fried cheese curds offered at Twisted Spoke are second to none, battered at just the right consistency and the cheese tasting amazing and fresh. The incredible honey mustard type sauce is what brings the entire appetizer together for a taste explosion in the mouth. Portions are generous and two individuals can easy share the cheese curds and feel satisfied.

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Michelle Guilbeau is a writer, reviewer, teacher and business owner. She also has experience in school administration, literacy coaching and is proud founder of CraftKitsForKids.com and MichelleGuilbeau.com Michelle enjoys sharing her knowledge of cities, food, travel, education and parenting issues with her readers. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.