The Top Chicago Restaurants on Twitter 2010

For those of us who live in Chicago, we are lucky to have such amazing restaurants and such a great community dedicated to keeping it a top food destination in the country. Although a commercial refrigeration company, Northeast Cooling is very active on Twitter, especially with our Chicago and Wisconsin industry friends. So earlier this week when Friends Eat, a foodie community website, released it’s list for The Top 100 Restsurants on Twitter for 2010 it got our attention. As we went through the list we were excited to see so many of our Twitter friends who made their list.

We wanted to show off how well Chicago was represented from the Friends Eat list so we decided to showcase them in this blog post. Chicago had about 27 restaurants out of the top 100. Only LA had such well representation and we did great in the Top 10.

Let us know how much you agree disagree. Leave a comment of who you’d like to see added and who you think got left out.

According to the authors, the list was complied of yes, Twitter follower count…but primarily the list was based on engagement with their community. So here it is…


The Top Chicago Restaurants on Twitter 2010



Blue 13

827 followers. 532 tweets.

Blue 13 Restaurant serves American food in a casual and urban atmosphere. They pair classic American food with a more modern French and Italian flair while providing excellent service. You will surely have a great dining experience once you go to Blue 13.




1159 followers. 473 tweets.

Province is an American restaurant located in Chicago’s West Loop. It achieved Gold Level LEED citification. The sumptuous cuisine is inspired by Central and South America and Spain. It is owned by Randy Zweiban, also the Executive Chef.



Berghoff Restaurant

1658 followers. 440 tweets.

Berghoff Restaurant is a family owned restaurant that provides great tasting food and an excellent place to relax and unwind. It provides a great casual dining experience. It offers an expanded menu that includes many contemporary dishes ideal for lunch and dinner. It’s also a wonderful place for parties and other social events.



Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

2240 followers. 410 tweets.

Café Ba Ba Reeba is a premier Spanish tapas restaurant located in Chicago owned by Chef Gabino Sotelino. The menu includes delectable Spanish dish such as paella. It is well known for Tapas, the hot & cold appetizers of Spain and Sangria, it is Spain’s famous wine “fiesta” drink made from fruit, wine and liquors.



Manny’s Deli

1407 followers. 443 tweets.

Manny’s Deli is deemed to be the best deli in Chicago. They have been serving great tasting foods since 1942. Their menu includes Jewish comfort food such as sumptuous corned beef sandwiches, yummy kugel and their heart warming chicken soup.



DMK Burger Bar

1403 followers. 586 tweets.

DMK Burger Bar has the best Grass-fed beef burgers, American craft beer & hand-cut fries. They also have mouth-watering malted milkshakes, mac & cheese, fried pickles, deviled eggs, ice cream sandwiches.



Big Jones

620 followers. 632 tweets.

Big Jones restaurant features Coastal Southern cooking with a focus on the locally-grown, sustainably-farmed food and Progressive American kitchen techniques spearheaded by the co-owner of the restaurant as well as the chef- Paul Fehribach. It is located in Chicago.




1930 followers. 700 tweets.

ZED451 will bring you to the next level when it comes to fine dining experience. It is located in the heart of Chicago’s bustling downtown River North. It is a revolutionary restaurant concept that features original cuisine. For the ultimate ZED experience, it would be worth to try the restaurant’s grilled cheeses, ribs, breads, seafood and charcuterie.



Duchamp Chicago

1611 followers. 600 tweets.

Duchamp Chicago is an American restaurant that serves great foods and drinks. The restaurant derives its character from the 20th century’s most provocative artistic spirit Marcel Duchamp. It has a good ambiance; it has a vibrant bar scene and also a wonderful place to hang out with friends.



Nacional 27

1447 followers. 778 tweets.

Nacional 27 is a modern Latin restaurant where you could enjoy delicious Latin cuisine in Chicago. Their dishes are a bold combination of flavors of 27 countries. It’s the perfect American-Latin experience that you could ever imagine.



N9NE Steakhouse

1002 followers. 977 tweets.

N9NE Steakhouse is one of the hottest places to eat steaks and seafood in Chicago. The ambiance is good and the service is great as well. This is definitely an awesome place to dine.



Piccolo Sogno

1294 followers. 1076 tweets.

Piccolo Sogno means “little dream”, it is an Italian Restaurant owned by Tony Priolo and Ciro Longobardo. It opened its doors to Chicago in July 2008. The menu includes fresh, seasonal rustic Italian cuisine with an impressive all-Italian wine program.



Bob Chinns CrabHouse

3203 followers. 989 tweets.

Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse is America’s busiest seafood and steak restaurant. It is deemed to be one of the highest-volume restaurant not only in IL but also all across the States. It offers a full selection of seafood, steaks, ribs and pork chops. Their top seller is the Alaskan king crab legs.


#61 (kinda, multiple locations)

RA Sushi

4962 followers. 577 tweets.

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is the perfect place to go to satisfy your cravings for Sushi. There’s never a dull moment at this place, it has an upbeat atmosphere with great music that could help you unwind and relax. It has 25 locations all over the United States and they are award winning.



POP Champagne Bar

1514 followers. 2675 tweets.

POP Champagne and Dessert is a great place to go in Pasadena. It’s a sexy place for first dates, social gatherings, or any night out activity on the town. They have a wide selection of Champagnes, sparkling wines, dessert wines and artisanal beers. They also have a seasonal menu of gourmet cheeses, charcuterie and house made desserts that you will surely enjoy.



Intelligentsia Coffee

8068 followers. 475 tweets.

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea or better known as Intelligentsia is a coffee roasting company and retailer. It is headquartered at Fulton Street, Chicago, IL with other locations throughout the Chicago area as well as in Los Angeles, CA. It was founded by Doug Zell and Emily Mange in 1995.



Rockit Bar and Grill

3611 followers. 2556 tweets.

Rockit Bar and Grill is a traditional bar and grill that offers casual American cuisine using only the freshest ingredients. Executive Chef James Gottwald is responsible for the restaurant’s mouthwatering menu which includes salads, sandwiches, and entrees. It is the premier and downtown bar and grill located in the heart of the booming River North Neighborhood. It is also famous for its Rockit Burger.



Mercadito (location in Chicago)

1517 followers. 2364 tweets.

Mercadito is the Spanish term for “little market” serves fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine by nationally renowned Chef Patricio Sandoval. It is inspired by blending traditional Mexico with creative interpretations of local and seasonal ingredients. It has locations in New York, Chicago and Miami.



Lou Malnati’s Pizza

3889 followers. 3053 tweets.

Lou Malnati’s Pizza is the home of the BEST Chicago-style deep dish pizza in the world! It’s a great tasting pizza that everybody loves. It’s considered as Chicago’s tradition since 1971.



Steves Deli

3057 followers. 3296 tweets.

Steve’s Deli offers quality food and good service. It’s a Kosher-style River North Deli w/Michigan Roots. Steve serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; they also provide catering for home and business events.



Hot Doug’s

6981 followers. 1386 tweets.

Hout Dougs specializes in hot dogs and other encased meat that is based Chicago, IL. It is well known to be the “”Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium””. It features a diverse and rotating menu that includes the traditional Chicago Hotdog.



Superdawg Chicago

3684 followers. 3505 tweets.

Superdawg Chicago was established in May of 1948. It is family owned and operated. It has been in business for over 60 years already. They have always adhered to one goal: “”always to serve you in a manner that will make you want to return – and bring your friends, and new generations, with you””.




2080 followers. 4092 tweets.

SUSHISAMBA is great place to go when you are in for a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine. The place has a cozy atmosphere and vibrant music to keep you entertained while you unwind and relax.



Eli’s Cheesecake

7136 followers. 4946 tweets.

Eli’s Cheesecake offers sumptuous gourmet Cheesecake and Specialty Dessert Bakery. They pride themselves with the great tasting cheesecake that everybody loves. They have great cheesecake and excellent service.



Wildfire Restaurant

4297 followers. 8725 tweets.

Wildfire Restaurant opened its doors in 1995. It offers a mouthwatering selection of steaks, chops, and seafood in a modern-day 1940s dinner club. It’s also the perfect place for parties, birthdays, and anniversary or bridal showers.



BleedingHeart Bakery

4652 followers. 12754 tweets.

Bleeding Heart Bakery opened in 2004 in Chicago Ave. It was in 2006 that it moved to Roscoe Village which is its current home. It uses local, organic and sustainable ingredients to provide amazing and delicious pastry. In 2009 it opened another location in the Oak Park neighborhood of Chicago. The bakery won many awards including one of the top 10 bakeries in the nation, top bakery in Chicago by Chicago magazine, multiple green business awards and top bakery by the Small Business Association.



Frontera Grill

93664 followers. 5819 tweets.

Fontera Grill is an outstanding restaurant owned by Rick Bayless, he is also the chef of the restaurant. It’s a combination of American and Mexican grill. It only uses fresh ingredients, often organic and custom-grown. This is to give you the bold flavors and immediate freshness of its dishes.


So here was the Chicago list. How much do you agree or disagree with it? Who was left off that should have been included? Leave us a comment with your additions.

For other tips on how your restaurant can save energy and money, be sure to follow Refrigeration on Twitter, and Fan Northeast Cooling on Facebook.

Lake County Social Networking

Northeast Cooling is highly active on social media networks such as Twitter and on our Facebook Page.  We’ve been able to find real business benefits to utilizing these platforms and engaging with others.  However, as important and beneficial as our online connections have become, we truly value the opportunity to get to meet fantastic people face to face.  In support of that, we like to help promote and sponsor local Chicago business, groups, and people who help to enhance those opportunities.

We’re proud to have been a supporter and sponsor of Lake County Social Networking (@LakeCSN on Twitter) since it’s inception last year.  Tim McDonald founded the group with the intent to create meaningful connections & help support local Chicagoland businesses.  During that time we have had the pleasure of meeting & networking with great people that live & or work in Lake County Illinois.

The last meeting was held at Flatlanders Restaurant in Lincolnshire on October nineteenth.   The guest speaker that night was Ramon De Leon.  If you’re unfamiliar with Ramon, he’s a social media superstar and has been featured on countless blogs and he’s presented at conferences throughout the country.  Ramon has been very successful enhancing his Chicago Domino’s brand utilizing social media platforms.  So basically, when Ramon speaks…we listen.  Ramon gave a fantastic presentation on social media and how he has found success promoting his Dominos brand.  He had so many good points it was hard to keep up and jotting everything down became difficult.  Here is a quick summary of some great tips that really resonated with me during his presentation.

Takeaways from Ramon’s presentation on social media

  • Engagement is very important. Reach out and connect with your followers
  • Monitor OPN ( other peoples networks )
  • Social media is a tool that can be used to help with a business plan, NOT replace it.
  • Talk about your customers most of the time, not your own business.
  • Use to keep up with what people are saying about your brand.
  • Monitor the conversation about your brand & respond.
  • Use foursquare for your business & create an rss feed of your foursquare feed. Thank people for checking in
  • If using social media logos in advertising make sure to include the url’s. Don’t make it hard for people to find your business
  • Make sure your business blog is mobile compatible & works well with all types of phones.
  • Check out and learn from informative websites and blogs, such as the Social Media Examiner.
  • Create a hash tag or multiple hash-tags for your business

So that’s what we learned and talked about.  What tips have worked with you to promote your brand?  Leave a comment and let us know!

For other tips on how your restaurant can save energy and money, be sure to  follow Refrigeration on   Twitter, and Fan Northeast Cooling on Facebook.

Northeast Cooling Is Hosting Chicago Industry Night!

Of course our business is commercial refrigeration and cooler repair, maintenance, and sales supporting all areas around Chicago…but one of our passions is connecting with and facilitating opportunities for others to connect with fantastic people.  So, while our days are packed servicing customers, we try and fill a few free nights with hosting and sponsoring events around Chicago.  We’re thrilled that our next event has arrived!

Northeast Cooling, LLC is proud to announce that the next event we’re sponsoring is in honor of all the hard working industry people in and around Chicago.  We’re planning a fun dinner, a night of great networking, and fantastic food at Calo Restaurant in the Andersonville neighborhood.

Industry & hospitality workers are encouraged to come and network with other great Chicagoans in their field.  Of course, also welcome are the many friends of Northeast Cooling.

The event will be held on November fourth at 8 P.M. We hope to see you there.  We’ll be providing delicious appetizers and dinner.  A cash bar will be available as well.  Please visit the invite link to register for event.

As of the time this post goes live, we’ve already got a nice sized crowd who have already R.S.V.P.’d.  We would love for you to join us as well!  Feel free to help spread the word of our industry night tweetup.

For those following us on Twitter, you can track the event details using the #ChicagoIndustryNight hashtag.


Calo Restaurant is located at:

Calo Ristorante
5343 N Clark St
Chicago IL
(773) 271-7725

We really hope to see you there.  It’s always so fun to visit with our many friends we’ve met via social media channels and throughout our work.  Thanks again!

For other tips on how your restaurant can save energy and money, be sure to follow Refrigeration on   Twitter, and Fan Northeast Cooling on Facebook.

Northeast Cooling was featured in Crains Chicago!

Northeast Cooling Was a Featured Business!

Northeast Cooling was featured in Crain’s Chicago Business Journal!

We’ve hoped that you have noticed our efforts online.  As a Chicago commercial refrigeration service, repair, and sales company…Northeast Cooling has tried to reach our customers and potential customers in a nontraditional way.  We’ve completely immersed our business in social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, and have utilized our blog to provide relevant and helpful information about commercial coolers, freezers, and refrigeration.

Most people might not think that a company who offers commercial freezer repairs can utilize social media to help drive awareness and results.  But we have prided ourselves on taking a careful and patient approach to social media.  This type of marketing is not a quick easy solution to drive sales, and we’ve tried to use social media as a way to truly connect with customers, not just talk about ourselves.  Our Facebook page features tips for Chicago businesses to save energy and money.  Our Refrigeration Twitter account is primarily used for conversations with local Chicago folks and spreading news about upcoming events.

We’re glad that our hard work has been noticed.  We were so delighted and proud to be mentioned in the Crain’s Chicago Business, August second edition titled, “Feeding The Social-Media Beast Can Suck The Life Out of You And Your Business”.  I was mentioned with a few quotes and really happy the way the article came out.  The article provides some good insights about how using social media can help a business, but also some excellent tips for not becoming overwhelmed by the activity.

Here’s the article, “Feeding the social-media beast can suck the life out of you and your business“, let us know what you think!  (Note:  You need a Crain’s subscription to see it).  Contact me if you’d like for more details and I can send you my section.

For other tips on how your restaurant can save energy and money, be sure to follow Refrigeration on  Twitter, and Fan Northeast Cooling on Facebook.

Dragonfly Meet & Eat! #dragonfly

Chicago Tweetup!

This Friday night, October 1, 2010… Northeast Cooling will be hosting an impromptu dinner tweet up at Dragonfly Mandarin Restaurant.  This is some of the best Mandarin food in Chicago!  Hope you can make it.  Please RSVP so we can make arrangements with the restaurant. Everyone is welcome, especially friends and industry people!

Click the meet & eat link for details.

Dragonfly Meet & Eat.

Dragon Fly is located:

Dragonfly Mandarin Restaurant
832 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607