For a perfectly serviceable noodle dish in Boystown, you'll do well at Joy's. Grab plates like a coconut curry with chewy ramen noodles or a classic pad see ew with crisp broccoli florets. For lunch, you get to pick from sides like egg rolls and cucumber salad and sit in the sunny window, on the cheap.
Helmed by Ashlee Aubin, also the chef behind sister restaurant Salero, Wood is a classic-leaning neighborhood staple. Start with sauteed scallops and cauliflower before moving onto roasted halibut or a pork steak with mustard and chili glaze. A well-executed cocktail list from Tommy Lansaw rounds out a delicious night in Boystown.
This cool-conscious place focuses on small plates, like fresh tofu sprinkled with chili oil and peanuts; a cucumber salad accented with king crab; and prosciutto topped with ponzu sauce, crunchy toasted shallots and charred asparagus. Sushi comprises much of the menu, which is great, since the fish is fresh and cleanly sliced.
Victor Morenz's ever-changing menu at this homey BYOB spot makes it a neighborhood gem. On your visit, the options for dinner might include house-made Italian sausage, pan-roasted spring chicken or a griddled lamb burger. For brunch, expect Spanish hash or peanut butter pancakes.