Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton(773) 348-0706 sproutrestaurant.com41.925107 -87.664065 1417 W Fullerton Ave (between Southport and Janssen Aves) Lincoln Park, Chicago
Dinner (closed Sun, Mon)Average entree: $25
With so many Top Chef expectations preceding him, one might guess that Dale Levitski would be putting out safe food at this cozy Lincoln Park spot. Instead, he’s challenging diners with inventive flavor combinations. A green salad comes with shaved licorice root; a cheese course arrives as a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with apples; short ribs come with decadent truffle dumplings. Stick with the prix fixe (the à la carte prices are insane), and you’ll find yourself captivated and wanting more.