Subway: Blue to Division(773) 384-9700 carriagehousechicago.com41.903569 -87.670585 1700 W Division St (at Paulina St) Wicker Park, Chicago
Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch (Tue–Fri), dinner (closed Mon)Average item: $14
Chef Mark Steuer’s heart is buried deep along the shores of South Carolina. You can tell from his bountiful low-country boil; his picnic board piled with country ham, pimento cheese and pickled eggs; his roasted oysters; his lush crab soup; his ham-hock-and-succotash hash. Considering the first-rate cocktails and spare room, Carriage House is undoubtedly a sophisticated, urban restaurant. But Steuer’s compelling food keeps things grounded, evoking a powerful, personal sense of place.