Boka makes for a great fancy yet still cool night on the town. It’s ideal for a big date once you’ve gotten to know each other, or perhaps even dinner with the parents while in town. The food is modern American, but it’s also super creative, and even normal-sounding dishes things like roasted carrots will have you impressed. Expect pretty plating and reasonable portions, not necessarily giant plates of food. Try the tasting menu for $120 if you really want to go all-out.
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Authentic Indonesian street food in a colorful but casual Lincoln Park setting.
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Little Bad Wolf is a gastropub in Andersonville serving upscale bar food in a cool and relaxed environment.
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Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab
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Maple & Ash
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