11. Ada St.
1664 N. Ada St.
- Mediterranean small plates
- Chef: Zoë Schor
Stuck between a weathered wooden portal and a truck-wide corrugated metal entryway, Michael Kornick and David Morton's sexy new boîte somehow fits right in. A maze of brick-lined hallways leads to the dining room, in all its rugged glory. Goofily named cocktails–like Falling in Love Again, a Riesling-based upper–threaten to steal the show, but Schor's clever menu holds its own with crispy black-eyed peas, supremely fresh salumi and cheeses, daring Southern-fried quail, and a moussey mound of chocolate served Nutella-style with toasted ciabatta and a knife for spreading. The cozy space gets packed early, which proves that if Kornick and Morton build it, the foodies will find it.
¢ … under $20 | $ … $20 to $29 | $$ … $30 to $39 | $$$ … $40 to $49 | $$$$ … $50-plus