Bistronomic's mussels, tuna tartare, and artisanal cheese flight
Bistronomic’s mussels, tuna tartare, and artisanal cheese flight

PARIS CLUB It’s not overly Parisian, nor is it particularly clubby. Not that patrons seem to mind on either count. 59 W. Hubbard St.; 312-595-0800. More on Paris Club »

FISH BAR Hey, Kornick and Morton, here’s an idea: Sell buttons that say “I Waited Two Hours for Fried Clams.” 2956 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-687-8177

MAUDE’S LIQUOR BAR A chef-driven bistro that blasts the Clash and the Pixies? Count us—and everyone else—in. 840 W. Randolph St.; 312-243-9712. The Chaser Amalie Drury’s night out at Maude’s »

BISTRONOMIC The name sounds like a number-crunching class at the Sorbonne. If there were one, Martial Noguier’s popular spot would be on the syllabus. 840 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-944-8400. Read our Q&A with Noguier, the chef-partner at our pick for Best New Restaurant in 2011 »

BITE CAFE A 15-year-old joint hotter than Lady Gaga? That’s what happens when Bruce Finkelman (Longman & Eagle) reinvents the American diner. 1039 N. Western Ave.; 773-395-2483. Browse photos of Bite’s garlic chicken and other delicious dishes in our dining editor’s photo-blog, What Penny Eats »

ING Egghead chef’s laboratory? Beer-swilling-hipster haven? Moto for the masses? All of the above. 951 W. Fulton Market; 855-834-6464. Read Chef Homaru Cantu’s description of his new restaurant »

THE FRONTIER Any restaurant that can pack the house on any given Tuesday night is doing something right. 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-772-4322. Check out photos of The Frontier in our nightlife photo-blog, Seen on the Scene »

AUSTIN BBQ Don’t mess with Texas? These folks don’t, with their big red Oyler smoker and bona fide brisket. 226 W. Front St., Wheaton; 630-690-0526. Find out how pit master Doug Pierce emulates techniques from the Lone Star State »

KINGFISHER This fish house is still getting its sea legs in Edgewater; Edgewater is getting its crab legs. 5721 N. Clark St.; 773-506-7014

DAVANTI ENOTECA Scott Harris could open five more joints, and none would be this good. Actually, that’s what happened. 1359 W. Taylor St.; 312-226-5550. Read our review »


Photograph: Anna Knott