Subway: Brown to Rockwell(773) 942-7547 goosefoot.net41.968668 -87.695967 2656 W Lawrence Ave (betweenTalman and Washtenaw Aves) Lincoln Square, Chicago
Dinner (closed Sun, Mon)Nine-course tasting menu: $115
Chicago has a few small, far- from- downtown places where chefs have carved out personal enclaves for high-level fine dining. But perhaps none were born with the maturity and finesse of this 34-seat, off-the-beaten-Lincoln-Square-path BYOB from husband-and-wife Chris and Nina Nugent. Chris, a veteran of Les Nomades, brings precision to every dish on the nine-course, $115 tasting menu, highlights of which include a luxurious chestnut-mushroom soup and a Cinderella pumpkin semifreddo coated in nougatine powder. The food is technically flawless, while Nina’s front-of-the-house charm brings the personality.