Fine-dining vet Kingsley John (Aquavit, Charlie Trotter's in Chicago) goes casual with this eclectic Southern restaurant. The rustic 130-seat space is outfitted with dark gray banquettes, Edison lightbulbs and a 20-foot-long bar. Cajun (shrimp gumbo), BBQ (baby back ribs) and soul food (shrimp and grits) plates share menu space. To drink, find craft brews and classic cocktails, as well as an absinthe program.
509 Myrtle Ave
|Cross street:||between Grand Ave and Ryerson St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 4–11pm; Fri, Sat 4pm–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: G to Classon Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $18. AmEx, MC, V|