Subway: Red to Clark/Division(312) 573-4000 tablefifty-two.com41.903233 -87.630622 52 W Elm St (between Clark and Dearborn Sts) Gold Coast, Chicago
Brunch (Sun), dinnerAverage main course: $33
Chef Art Smith (you know, Oprah’s former chef?) is behind this upscale spot, which may be small, but the menu is full of big-flavored, butter-laden Southern-inspired foods. Three-cheese mac, pistachio-crusted chicken, cornmeal-crusted catfish with bacon-cheese grits and buttermilk-fried chicken are some of the rib-sticking offerings. And much like O, Smith leads a feel-good operation—he sometimes walks around the dining room checking on each and every guest.