Wicker Park & Bucktown's best spots for craft cocktails and more
Hot Chocolate
1747 N. Damen Ave. 773-489-1747
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.

Grass Fed
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.

Bob San
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.