Subway: Blue to Division(773) 227-8600 blackbullchicago.com41.903166 -87.670863 1721 W Division St (between Hermitage Ave and Paulina St) Wicker Park, Chicago
Dinner (closed Mon)Average small plate: $7
The latest project from the owners of Hubbard Inn and Barn & Company, Black Bull bills itself as an “homage” to Spanish tapas bars. This is strange, because with faithful dishes like the jamón serrano toasts, beautiful marinated olives, mejillones en escabeche (pickled mussels), crispy patatas bravas and paprika-dusted grilled octopus—all hit out of the park by chef Bob Zrenner—it actually becomes one. Black Bull may not be trailblazing a new future for restaurants. But it does make you forget everything annoying that has happened to small, shareable plates in the past.