Subway: Green, Pink to Clinton; Blue to Grand(312) 850-5005 carnivalechicago.com41.886805 -87.646019 702 W Fulton Mkt (at Union Ave) West Loop, Chicago
Lunch (Mon–Fri), dinnerAverage main course: $24
When a restaurant this size is this busy (it seats 400), it must be making somebody happy. Jerry Kleiner’s colorful—if slightly dated—design can make a person smile, and the mojitos and margaritas don’t hurt, either. You’ll find variations on classics, like grilled skirt steak and mini whitefish tacos. Some items, like the juicy ropa vieja, raise this restaurant’s bar, but it’s the crowd here that entertains the most.