About



The Ghost Guest℠ is Chicago native and food industry analyst, Amanda Topper. Amanda has always had a passion for foodie finds & enjoys rating her culinary experiences for anyone that will listen. She prides herself on being brutally honest and rates most things in life on a 5-ghost scale!



Here are some of her favorites:

Food: Doughnuts

Chicago Restaurant: Bavette's

Cocktail: Old Fashioned

Deep Dish Pizza: Lou Malnati's

Non-Deep Dish Pizza: Piece

Beer: Off Color Brewing's Apex Predator

Burger: Au Cheval

Coffee: Sparrow Coffee Roastery

Amanda visits restaurants, on a local and national basis, detailing her experiences and offering unbiased reviews. She pays for her own meals and does not disclose her status as "The Ghost Guest℠". Each meal is given an overall ghost rating, with 5 ghosts being exceptional and 1 ghost being very poor.

Amanda is sometimes invited to review restaurants, events, or products, in which case, she reports solely on the experience or product and does not offer an overall ghost rating. 

She is also a food and drink writer for various publications including Thrillist, and InsideHook.

The Ghost Guest℠ has been featured in the following outlets:

90 Miles Cuban Cafe
A Squared Blog
Browntrout
CBS Chicago: Best Local Bloggers in Chicago
Chicago Food Bloggers
Chicago Foodies
Chicago Food Planet
ChicagoNow
Club House for Chefs
Easy Voyage
Eater Chicago:
Epic Burger
Chicago Woman Magazine
Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce
Local Eats: Best American Food & Dining Blogs 
Foodable
Meli Cafe
Menuism:
Monteverde
RDW Chicago's Top Food Critics and Bloggers
Spoon University
The Better Show
The Real Chicago
Windy City Blogger Collective
Zomato (formerly known as Urbanspoon)

Photo Credit: Karly Tearney Photography
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