Saturday. 933 N. Ashland Ave., 773-697-4961. — P.V.
Kitsune This latest effort from Elizabeth chef/owner Iliana Regan is, like every other concept she’s opened, intimate, highly personal and as adorably precious as the cartoon-y figurines she employs as decoration. The 24-seat spot offers dishes rooted in Japanese flavors, but incorporating the local, foraged ingredients Regan is known for. For example, chawanmushi, a savory Japanese custard, comes with shredded Jonah crabmeat and overlapping coins of local radish. Don’t miss the thickly sliced porridge bread served with housecultured butter.
Open: Dinner TuesdaySaturday, brunch Sunday. Prices: Large plates $16-$26. 4229 N. Lincoln Ave., no phone. — P.V.
Le Sud Given the general decline in the number of French restaurants in the city — particularly the dearth of new openings — the unapologetic Chicago-meetsProvence décor of this Roscoe Village space carries a certain bravado. With a name that translates to “the south,” Le Sud owner Sandy Chen took her inspiration from her travels in Southern France. But the menu, by executive chef Ryan Brosseau (Perennial Virant, Table, Donkey & Stick), also dips its toes into the Mediterranean. Brosseau respects tradition but doesn’t feel overly bound by it. Dishes get novel approaches, and meat entrees are lovingly handled. Add an interesting and highly affordable wine list, and bright, attentive service, and Le Sud looks like a hit.
Open: Dinner daily. Prices: Main courses $18-$44. 2301 W. Roscoe St., 773-857-1985. — P.V.