Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 489-1747 hotchocolatechicago.com41.913699 -87.677450 1747 N Damen Ave (at Willow St) Wicker Park, Chicago
Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch (Wed–Fri), dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $19
Mindy Segal rehabbed her Bucktown restaurant in the spring of 2012, making it sunnier and adding a huge garage door that opens to let in warm weather. Segal—first and foremost a pastry chef—also rehabbed her approach to desserts: Now, the pastry menu consists of a seasonal cake, pudding, pie, etc. as well as a five-course dessert tasting centered around a seasonal ingredient (Segal calls this a “study”). On the savory side, little has changed. The pretzel, the burger, the mac and cheese—breathe easy, it’s all still there.