Proxi isn’t alone when it comes to elevating casual dining; for more gourmet takes on traditional street fare, check out these delicious spots.
While its burger has been one of the city’s most hyped dishes for years, don’t neglect the sides. Under the “With Eggs” section of the menu is a treasure: French fries with mornay sauce, garlic aioli and a fried farm egg. Mind: blown. Be warned, besides amazing burgers and fries, Au Cheval is also notorious for long wait times, but thousands of diners can’t be wrong. 800 W. Randolph St. 312.929.4580, auchevalchicago.com
Created by former food truck owner Dan Salls, this Mexican hotspot has earned praised for its stellar chicken mole, churros and tacos, all made in the cooking traditions of Mexico City and Oaxaca. Late night drinkers can sip smoky mezcals in the basement bar. 2456 N. California Ave. 312.878.8571, quiotechicago.com
Edward Kim’s 2014 follow-up to Ruxbin Kitchen, this eatery takes you on a pan-Asian journey from Bangkok to Seoul, with innovative dishes like kimchi empanadas, pork jowls and General Tso’s lamb sweetbreads. Their brunch is equally creative with options like pork belly Benedict, the lauded Mott burger and something called The Bowl of Awesome (chlorophyll, yogurt, raw honey, bee pollen, hemp seeds, sprouted buckwheat and amaranth). 1401 N. Ashland Ave., 773.687.9977, mottstreetchicago.com
Shrimp and brisket tacos at Quiote