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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,


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,


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,

Shrimp and brisket tacos at Quiote

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