About



The Ghost Guest℠ is Chicago native, food writer, and restaurant industry analyst, Amanda Topper. Amanda has always had a passion for food and enjoys sharing her culinary experiences.



Here are some of her favorites:

Food: Doughnuts

Chicago Restaurants: Monteverde, Bavette's, Avec, The Bristol

Cocktail: Old Fashioned at Billy Sunday

Deep Dish Pizza: Lou Malnati's

Non-Deep Dish Pizza: Pizzeria Bebu

Beer: Off Color Brewing's Apex Predator

Winery: Schramsberg Vineyards

Burger: Little Bad Wolf

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 national publications including Thrillist, and InsideHook.

The Ghost Guest℠ has been featured in the following outlets (and more!):


CBS Chicago: Best Local Bloggers in Chicago
Chicago Foodies
Chicago Food Planet
ChicagoNow
Club House for Chefs
Easy Voyage
Eater Chicago:
Menuism:
Monteverde
Patch
Patch
Spoon University
The Glu (formerly Chicago Woman Magazine)
The Real Chicago
The Real Chicago
Voyage Chicago
Windy City Blogger Collective

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