Photo: Tyllie Barbosa

The dining scene”s continued love affair with small plates means that charcuterie plates have popped up on menus everywhere-with some kitchens pushing the genre to include pâtés and cheeses along with the cured meats. Herewith, a brief tour of good spots to satisfy your inner carnivore.







Francesca’s Forno
(1576 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-770-0184)
Unimaginative Italian meats and cheeses (three each). Sole accompaniment: table bread. Highlight: fluffy ricotta, drizzled with acacia honey Any three items for $16; five for $25 Line outside, earsplitting mayhem inside
D.O.C. Wine Bar
(2602 N. Clark St.; 773-883-5101)
Four meats with spare but tasty cornichons, cherry peppers, and mustards. Stale bread a minus; zesty Spanish chorizo a plus $12 for the platter Dark neighborhood haunt great for a casual date. Bummer about the syrupy soundtrack
(445 N. Dearborn St.; 312-832-7700)
Mountains of authentic goodies ordered from a dim sum–style sheet. Add veggies, cheeses, and olives for a mini-meal. All items $2 to $7 each Trendy enough for tourists, schmaltzy enough for your Sicilian uncle
Osteria Via Stato
(620 N. State St.; 312-642-8450)
Approaches haute status. Parmesan shards, mixed olives, and salami Italiano add up to chic. Each cured meat, $3 to $5; garnishes free Polished Lettuce Entertain You concept with slick service and movie-set atmo
The Tasting Room
(1415 W. Randolph St.; 312-942-1313)
Topnotch flight of smoked meats and pâtés with sides of cornichons, caper berries, spiced nuts, and gobs of grainy mustard $18 for the flight Low-key tone for West Loopers; loftlike space draws bikers and hipsters alike.