With a focus on vegetarian fare, though not exclusively, this eatery from Heisler Hospitality on Randolph Row singes and sears bounties of the earth on a crank-operated wood-fired grill.
Address: 802 W. Randolph St.
Phone number: 312-265-1745
Number of seats: 80 in the dining room, 20 at the bar
Entrée price range: $10-$20
Popular dishes: Butter dumplings with charred cabbage, shiitake, Asian pear and oyster kimchi; tempura fried lemons and Japanese sweet potato with matcha and fish caramel sauce; sturgeon skewer with rice, beans, grilled little gem lettuce, Calabrian chile and lime; maitake mushrooms with parsnips, smoked pecans, Parmesan and lavender.
What others say: “Along with gun racks and truck nuts, in certain parts of the country there's a bumper sticker prevalent on rusty pickups that states " 'Vegetarian' is an old Indian word for 'bad hunter.' " It's from this feeble scrap of woodsman's humor that Heisler Hospitality, the burgeoning bar and restaurant empire behind Trenchermen and Pub Royale, has adopted the name for its latest.” — Mike Sula, Chicago Reader