Subway: Green, Pink to Morgan(312) 421-2800 lasardine.com41.883923 -87.653510 111 N Carpenter St (between Washington Blvd and Randolph St) West Loop, Chicago
Lunch (Mon–Fri), dinner (closed Sun)Average main course: $22
Devotees of Wicker Park’s Le Bouchon might tell you otherwise, but the bistro essentials at this sibling spot are just as tasty as those at the home base. The setting is much more open and airy than at Bouchon, but the rest of the package is pretty much the same: plump mussels drenched in creamy white-wine broth, onion soup that tests even serious cheese-lovers’ thresholds, juicy flat iron Wagyu steak with Bordelaise, and simple bouillabaisse jam-packed with seafood. The wine list is half price Mondays, and there’s a $25 three-course meal Tuesdays.