Chopo Chicken Chopo Chicken in Lincoln Park looks similar to dozens of other quick-service joints popping up around town that hope to mimic the success of Chipotle (at least before all the health scares). The shtick: a short, Peruvian menu of four or five proteins that you can endlessly customize with toppings to your liking.
Open: Lunch and dinner daily. Prices: $11-$13. 2460 N. Clark St., 773-666-5925. — Nick Kindelsperger
Naoki Sushi Chef Naoki Nakashima, who for years has overseen the sushi at Shaw’s Crab House, is helming a small spot. The menu provides the sushi basics, all well-executed, but the specials, often including a whole-fish presentation, are where you’ll get the true measure of the chef ’s talent.
Open: Dinner WednesdaySunday. Prices: Main dishes $16-$29. 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-868-0002. — P.V.
noodle shreds strewn with perfectly toothsome peas and tender lamb. There is also a cornflake chicken, which is sort of like a Japanese chicken katsu or a German schnitzel, where the cornflake crust acts like a panko breading and makes for a superior chicken nugget. Daisies is the ultimate in dad food — simple dishes made great.
Open: Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Prices: Entrees $15-$19. 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-661-1671. — Michael Nagrant
Giant Jason Vincent (ex-Nightwood) is operating an eclectic 44-seater with co-chef Ben Lustbader and partner Josh Perlman (beverage honcho). The only common element in a menu that embraces liquefied sea urchin in fried pasta, sweetand-sour eggplant and pecan-smoked ribs is that everything’s delicious. The dining room is cheerfully noisy and unpretentious.
Open: Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Prices: Main courses $16-$19. 3209 W. Armitage Ave., 773-252-0997. — P.V.
Quiote This bilevel Logan Square Mexican restaurant wants to be your round-the-clock dining destination — your local morning cafe, casual lunch-hour taqueria, trendy neighborhood dinner spot and even late-night bar. It mostly succeeds, with considerably good tacos and some of the best tortas in the city. The basement mezcal bar is a great place to drink.
Open: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night Wednesday-Monday. Prices: Tacos $4; tortas and entrees $11-$24. 2456 N. California Ave., 312-878-8571. — N.K.
Ugo’s Kitchen and Bar On a stretch of Armitage Avenue in Logan Square increasingly populated with some of the hottest restaurants in town (Osteria Langhe, Dos Urban Cantina and Table, Donkey and Stick), Ugo’s is wonderfully untrendy. Highlights of the vaguely Italian menu include the chicken liver mousse, the spreadable pork rillettes and anything fried. Build a meal out of these appetizers, and you’ll leave happy.
Open: Dinner Wednesday-Monday. Prices: $8-$15. 2833 W. Armitage Ave., 773-698-8984. — N.K.