LIN­COLN PARK

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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.

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