Subway: Red to Berwyn(773) 275-5725 bigjoneschicago.com41.990435 -87.669702 5347 N Clark St (between Summerdale and Balmoral Aves) Andersonville, Chicago
Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $16
Chef-owner Paul Fehribach brings the coastal South to Andersonville at this homey (and, frankly, bizarrely decorated) spot. But this is not simply jambalaya and gumbo—Fehribach approaches his food with a deep respect and contemporary cooking skills. The result is a menu filled with housemade hams and charcuterie, Southern-inspired fare like sweet tea-brined pork loin, and, yes, gumbo and barbecue. As good as all this is for dinner, it’s best for the “Boarding House Lunch”: biscuits, corn bread, spicy greens, mashed potatoes and crispy, juicy fried chicken.