Subway: Blue to Division(312) 624-8509 ruxbinchicago.com41.897580 -87.666992 851 N Ashland Ave (at Pearson St) West Town, Chicago
Dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $26
You’ll see everything from movie-theater seats to apple-juice crates repurposed to turn this teensy BYOB into a glowing, energetic mind-funk. But chef Edward Kim takes a more understated approach to the food, levying subtle tweaks on contemporary American fare: Mussels are topped with togarashi-dusted fries; miso-marinated tofu is sweet and crunchy in a way that even non-vegetarians couldn’t resist; crisp-skinned trout over date-studded bulgur is simple and classic. Check out the upstairs bathroom—if you can figure out how to get into it.