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Acadia
Chic restaurant featuring Ryan McCaskey's modernist cuisine.
American Junkie
Sprawling new barstaurant featuring "notorious" food and drink, the former from Kendal Duque (Sepia, City Tavern).
The Bentley Tavern
Mediocre American fare, priced at a premium.
Riverside breakfast-and-lunch spot.
The Boarding House
Alpana Singh's multilevel cellar, bar, and wine-centric dining room.
At former Publican chef de cuisine Brian Huston's vigorously market-driven restaurant in downtown Evanston you might start with a dish of Castelvetrano olives and pickled peppers, or mixed nuts, or toast mounted with, say, lightly smoked sable, house-made ricotta, bright fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet Tropea onions. Huston is relying on superior products, simply prepared. It's an MO that rarely fails. Tart plums and sticks of crunchy kohlrabi nicely counter the richness and sweetness of sweetbreads. Tender grilled squid takes on the heady spices of the curried green cauliflower and new potatoes that accompany it. Even something as straightforward as a grilled skirt steak comes alive with red Fresno chiles, tart purslane, grilled cantaloupe, and crumbled blue cheese. The strictly vegetable dishes are the real winners. Sweetly glazed grilled Japanese eggplant is sprinkled with crushed cashews and lemony culantro leaves, and a salad of roasted beets, spiced crushed pistachio, and grapefruit is set atop cool avocado puree, hidden in a pile of pea shoots. The crispy potatoes—blanched, then beaten into irregular shapes before frying—manifest varying degrees of crispy and soft textures, with crunchy bits settling to the bottom of the bowl. Dessert seems like an afterthought: a fruit pie, a fruit salad, a sorbet, a gelato, and an unremarkable chocolate cake that might make you wish you'd spent that digestive real estate on another savory dish.
Bottlefork Bar & Kitchen
Rockit Ranch joint in the former Dragon Ranch; the chef is Kevin Hickey, late of the Four Seasons.
Bow & Stern Oyster Bar
Seafood-focused restaurant in the former Branch 27; the raw bar is a standout.
Carriage House
South Carolina cuisine from native Mark Steuer (the Bedford).
Chef's Burger Bistro
Chef-driven burger bar and brunch spot; on Sundays there's all-day "artisan menu."
Chop Shop
Multiuse space with a butcher, sandwich counter, bar, and steak house (the last serves dinner only).
Chuck's Manufacturing
New Loop "dining destination" in the landmark Carbide & Carbon building.
Relatively upscale addition to the southeast corner of Navy Pier, offering salads, sandwiches, and small and featuring monthly specials from guest chefs like Heather Terhune (Sable) and Jimmy Bannos Jr. (the Purple Pig). There's extensive outdoor seating and a kids' menu.
City Winery
Chicago location of the winery/wine bar/ restaurant/music venue.
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