Opening array at The Doughnut Vault
NEXT Everyone is bitching about Next’s frustrating ticket plan—but no one is complaining about the food. 953 W. Fulton Market; 312-226-0858
GT FISH & OYSTER "Men and fish are alike," reads a quote on GT’s wall. "They get into trouble when they open their mouths." In that case, several hundred people every night are in deep here. 531 N. Wells St.; 312-929-3501
FISH BAR If this breezy spot is packed, you can take your lobster roll next door and eat it at DMK, which is also packed. 2956 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-687-8177
THE DOUGHNUT VAULT It’s six doughnuts to a customer, so if you need more than half a dozen, bring a friend or plan on cutting a deal with someone in line. 401 N. Franklin St.
BITE CAFE It’s the kind of charming little BYO where you go through the kitchen to get to the bathroom. 1039 N. Western Ave.; 773-395-2483 Browse photos of Bite Cafe’s garlic chicken, among other delicious dishes, in our dining editor’s photo-blog, What Penny Eats.
ANTICO Living proof in Bucktown that a one-page menu—with no small plates in sight—can jam a room night after night. 1946 N. Leavitt St.; 773-489-4895
BURGER BOSS Hand-cut fries and free Wi-Fi? Dangerous combination. 7512 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park; 708-452-7288
Photograph: ESTHER KANG