Rural Society

If you think there’s no place for small plates in an Argentine steak house, Jose Garces (Mercat a la Planxa) has a surprise for you at this just-opened hotel eatery. Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 N. Park Dr.

Velvet Taco

From deep in the heart of Texas comes this taqueria, open now, which breaks all the rules with its global fillings—fried paneer and Mediterranean calamari, for instance. 1110 N. State St.

Via Lima

At this soon-to-open spot, Eni Cadena intends to keep it real using her mother’s original Peruvian recipes. Well, maybe with a twist here and there. 4024 N. Lincoln Ave.