Franco Gianni (Wood, Laughing Bird) says that 90 percent of Spanish food in Chicago consists of tapas and paella. In other words, get ready for Basque cuisine: pintxos, salt cod, squid, octopus, anchovies, sardines.
621 W. Randolph St., 312-466-1000
If you dare to order zampone at 10/6—Billy Lawless’s Italian redo of Henri—chef Chris Gawronski will go so far as to sit with you to encourage you to eat this challenging peasant food—garlic-heavy sausage stuffed into the skin of a pig’s foot.
18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763
What could be better than the counter service, batch margaritas, and craft beers at Rick Bayless’s Xoco in the heart of River North? Rick Bayless’s Xoco Dos in Wicker Park, with table service, batch margaritas, and even more craft beers.
1471 N. Milwaukee Ave.