GUIDE: Chicago

Wine Lovers, Rejoice

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    Bistro Voltaire

    226 West Chicago Ave.

    Near North Side

    Cuisine: French

    $$$

    A sidewalk cafe with moules frites, escargot, and a glass of wine: No one's told Bistro Voltaire that this isn't Paris, but why ruin the illusion? READ REVIEW

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    Bistronomic

    840 N. Wabash Ave.

    Near North Side

    Cuisine: French

    $$$

    Chef Martial Noguier’s inaugural brunch menu is a thrilling twist for those who are tired of seeing 15 kinds of saccharine-sweet pancakes. READ REVIEW

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    Inovasi

    28 E. Center Ave.

    Lake Bluff

    Cuisine: Eclectic, New American

    $$$

    The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel gave Inovasi 3 (out of 4) stars, saying, “there’s a bit of culinary magic taking place in the middle of town… chef/owner John des Rosiers has created a forward-looking restaurant that hasn’t lost sight of where it’s been.” READ REVIEW

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    Roka Akor

    456 N. Clark St.

    Near North Side

    Cuisine: Japanese

    $$$

    Move over sushi, robata grills are the hottest addition to the city's Japanese dining scene. Roka Akor leads the charge with equal parts style and flavor. READ REVIEW

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    Table, Donkey and Stick

    2728 W. Armitage Ave.

    Logan Square

    Cuisine: Austrian, French, Italian

    $$

    Though the name might seem obscure, Table, Donkey and Stick welcomes you in with the comfortingly familiar: a German-style beer, a chewy pretzel, and a warm fire. READ REVIEW

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    Vie

    4471 Lawn Ave.

    Western Springs

    Cuisine: American, New American

    $$$

    Gayot lists Vie one of the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. 2011, adding to accolades from Michelin, Food & Wine, the Chicago Tribune, and Chicago magazine. READ REVIEW


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