Café Marie-Jeanne Run by husbandwife partners Michael Simmons (chef ) and Val Szafranski (front-of-house), Cafe Marie-Jeanne is an intensely personal operation, one whose easygoing attitude and excellent kitchen work make the Humboldt Park spot a neighborhood treasure. Don’t miss the duck frites dish, which mixes sliced duck breast and roasted leg pieces with duck pate and plenty of duckfat fries.
Open: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday-Monday. Prices: Main courses $12-$35. 1001 N. California Ave., 773-9047660. — P.V.