Subway: Blue to Division(773) 772-2727 thesmallbar.com41.902867 -87.679169 2049 W Division St (between Damen and Hoyne Aves) Wicker Park, Chicago
Mon–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 10am–3am; Sun 10am-2amAverage beer: $5
Since chef Justin White came on board, the name of this place may as well be Small and Underappreciated Beer-Focused Restaurant. Yes, there are still burgers and poutine, the satisfying snacks that, along with Small Bar's encyclopedic beer selection, have made this a low-key neighborhood favorite. But White's menu offers more than elevated bar food tropes: This guy is serving toasts with savory tomato jam and a sophisticated romaine salad rife with herbs. Even if he made nothing besides the perfectly fried whitefish sandwich, it would be enough to put him—and Small Bar—on the gastropub map.