Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 661-1540 trenchermen.com41.910358 -87.678980 2039 W North Ave (between Damen and Hoyne Aves) Wicker Park, Chicago
Brunch (Sun), dinnerAverage main course: $22
What sets brothers Mike and Pat Sheerin’s long-awaited restaurant apart from the pack? Their dishes are not mere experiments; they’re proven theories of flavor, from the preserved rhubarb and aged duck breast (genius) to the lush, black olive–coated salmon. Their space, a restored bathhouse in Wicker Park, is a place you just want to hang out in, perhaps because the white-glazed brick wall of the bar room makes it feel a little like being in an Art Deco pool. And this is not only a dining destination but a drinking one as well, where Tona Palomino’s drinks prove, like the Sheerins’ food, to be an uncanny marriage of gumption and discretion.