MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
Thank chef-to-the-stars Art Smith for raising the stakes of the local dining scene with this relaxed bistro, which replaces his former success, Table 52. In 1871, this carriage house home is said to have survived the Great Chicago Fire. Today, the cozy and well-appointed dining room makes the most of its parquet floors, Louis XV-style chairs, welcoming bar and open kitchen where Southern-leaning fare is prepared in full view. The cooking showcases produce from The Farm, located just an hour south of the city, so seasonal dishes like tomato and watermelon salad over greens will be particularly refreshing. Signature desserts, like the towering slice of Hummingbird cake layered with banana and pineapple, are enough to feed two (if not four) diners.