It's tough to run a restaurant these days, but not for everyone. Through economic woes and fickle food trends, some eateries remain in high demand--at least on the Internet. Each month, we'll give you a rundown of the ten most-viewed restaurants on CenterstageChicago.com, along with Twitter-friendly commentary on possible reasons for each spot's strength. Will your favorite make the list? Read on to find out.
1. (2) Sweet Mandy B's
Even the influx of newer, trendier cupcake shops can't topple this top-dog of treats; no need for foie-gras gimmicks here.
2. (4) Ed Debevic's
You want an explanation? Ask your waitress. While you're at it, see if you can get us those extra straws we requested, like, forever ago.
3. (5) Bongo Room (South Loop)
What makes this location more popular than the other? Could be that the condo crowd loves brunch more than hipsters, or maybe this spot's lack of a sign forces people to search on the 'net.
4. Sushi Para II
The Subterranean spot offers New York ambiance at Chicago prices...Olympics committee, are you listening?
6. Bongo Room (Wicker Park)
Too-much-of-a-good-thing alert: That's now two spots with white chocolate & caramel covered pretzel pancakes on the list.
7. Pick Me Up Cafe
Everyone needs a pick-me-up during a recession. It's no wonder we're loving a spot that offers one 24 hours a day (on weekends, at least).
10. (3) Burt's Place
"No Reservations" residuals, or just darn good pizza in Morton Grove? Could be both.
( ) = last month's rank