Bus: 2, 6, 15, 28, 55, 172(773) 241-5200 park52chicago.com41.800771 -87.588828 5201 S Harper Ct (at 52nd St) Hyde Park, Chicago
Brunch (Sun), lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $23
Jerry Kleiner brought midscale swank to Hyde Park’s Harper Court, making for a nice night out for locals who desperately need more options. Local Marc Brooks took the reins from Kleiner, with chef Armando Diaz executing behind the scenes. If classics like iceberg wedge salad don’t excite you, try a “Samurai” New York strip or pan-seared halibut with smoked tomato vinaigrette, or look for specials like shrimp and spicy, cheesy grits. Good thing the banquettes are comfy—after a meal like this, you’ll have a hard time getting up.