Subway: El: Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Quincy(312) 781-7300 www.shikagorestaurant.com41.879815 -87.632543 190 S LaSalle St (at Adams St) Loop, Chicago
Lunch, dinner (closed Sat, Sun)Average main course: $17
Some might think this place has been overlooked since the chef changed over, but the packed house during lunch service proves it’s not the case. Chef James Okuno proves he’s an expert at pho—the beefy broth is simple, with a touch of star anise and heaps of tender shredded brisket. Don’t bother with pseudo-fresh and flimsy maki—stick to creative combos like miso-glazed scallops over beet risotto, a standout item amid pedestrian pot stickers, crab rangoon and seaweed salad.