Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage(773) 525-2522 geminibistrochicago.com41.920032 -87.640967 2075 N Lincoln Ave (at Dickens Ave) Lincoln Park, Chicago
Dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $19
Chef Jason Paskewitz is giving the people what they want at this neighborhood bistro: comforting, familiar food, mostly impeccably prepared. Steak frites rise above standard status thanks to the incredibly tender hanger cut and the pool of marrow-rich bordelaise. The house burger is a juicy, messy thing tucked into a hearty pretzel bun. And the crème brûlée is so exemplary—from the satisfying crack of its sugar top to the velvety vanilla custard beneath—it reminds us that the tried-and-true can actually stand out.