It’s true that this restaurant serves one of the best burgers in town, but the name should be your hint to save room for the sweets. James Beard Foundation award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal recently introduced a cookie cart doling out treats by the piece and a five-part “study” of a particular seasonal ingredient such as berries. Also: milkshakes, doughnuts, flavored ice creams and, of course, hot chocolate.
1952 N. Damen Ave. 773-772-6170
Inside a quaint little house in Bucktown’s north end, award-winning chef Takashi Yagihashi serves his own blend of Japanese, French and American flavors. The noodle menu, served only on Sundays, is to die for.
1721 N. Damen Ave. 773-698-8852
This airy, white-washed space is technically a steakhouse, but don’t expect a lengthy lists of cuts. The main event is a $25 prix fixe dinner that includes salad, house-baked bread, addictively crunchy fries and sliced grass-fed sirloin steak.
2020 W. Division St. 773-862-8500
While familiar sushi offerings such as simple nigiri and sashimi are available, the most popular dishes are the shrimp togarashi with seven-spice sauce and the spicy mono roll made with octopus, spicy tuna and sweet unagi sauce.
1805 W. Division St. 773-235-8888
Holding court since 2000, this reliable sushi bar serves dozens of specialty maki, hand rolls and nigiri, along with a handful of vegetarian rolls for the seafood-averse.