Subway: Red to Clark/Division(312) 337-1131 bistrotzinc.com41.902757 -87.628319 1131 N State St (between Cedar and Elm Sts) Gold Coast, Chicago
Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $20
Amid tony Gold Coast restaurants is this surprisingly authentic Paris-style bistro, complete with the day’s paper dangling from wooden rods and silver-plated egg stands beckoning hungry drinkers to the zinc-topped bar. Wine-steamed mussels and butter-drenched escargots sate shellfish lovers, while onion soup’s beefy broth and gobs of Gruyère satisfy comfort-food cravings. Steak frites is fine, but thin. If you’re craving red meat, opt instead for the peppercorn-crusted strip.