Subway: Green, Pink to Clinton(312) 929-4580 aucheval.tumblr.com41.884672 -87.647754 800 W Randolph St (at Halsted St) West Loop, Chicago
Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch, dinnerAverage main course: $17
You practically trip over all the perfectly executed, endlessly cravable food at Brendan Sodikoff’s “diner”: the exemplary matzo ball soup. The devastatingly delicious chopped chicken liver. The gloriously messy double-decker burgers. But there’s not a whole lot of lighter fare to start a meal here with. Likewise, there aren’t many dishes that won’t make you feel as if you’ve just eaten a pound of butter. So head to Au Cheval when it will serve you best: for a burger and a beer at the bar, for a plate of fried chicken after hitting the bars, or both.