Longman & Eagle
A Michelin star added even more shine to this saloon-like Logan Square restaurant whose no-frills atmosphere and meat-and-bourbon focus masks its serious food cred. Try the wild boar sloppy Joe and the crispy sweetbreads with one of the $3 whiskey pours, and settle in for the night. Even better: book a room at the funky-cool upstairs inn and return for a PBR Breakfast: two eggs, homemade sausage, and house potatoes chased with an ice-cold beer.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.