Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart(312) 624-8154 bavetteschicago.com41.889402 -87.634925 218 W Kinzie St (between Franklin and Wells Sts) River North, Chicago
DinnerAverage main course: $20
Brendan Sodikoff’s vaguely French steakhouse is a departure—or perhaps an evolution—for the restaurateur. While his other spots (Gilt Bar, Au Cheval) have their charms, the appeal of this spot—decked out with jazz-era decor and music—is practically universal. Diners need not even be huge steak fans to get a good meal; in fact, as good as the steak frites is, both the fried and roasted chicken are even better. Elegant cocktails begin meals here; fabulous pies (lemon meringue, chocolate cream) end them.