Subway: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Randolph(312) 241-1540 maisonbrasserie.com41.884506 -87.619191 330 E Randolph St, suite 300 (between Columbus Dr and Field Blvd) Loop, Chicago
Brunch (Sun), lunch (Mon-Fri), dinnerAverage main course: $26
Chef Perry Hendrix is an anamoly: a great chef with no ego. At this Lakeshore East brasserie, he focuses on classics—mussels, roast chicken, a juicy bistro burger—and he executes each one with precision (and without the use of trendy ingredients or chefy tricks). His seafood towers are stocked with sweet shrimp and tender lobster; his “snacks” like soft-cooked eggs with mayonnaise and puffy gourges are delightful; and Erin Mooney’s desserts are simple and satisfying. Seeing a show at the Harris? Stopping here before or after is now mandatory.