Humboldt Park’s culinary scene is taking off thanks to openings like Bar Marta, a cozy American spot helmed by a group of veterans of Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt empire. The accomplished drink list includes a Japanese cocktail balanced between cognac and orgeat, as well as orange wines. The straightforward but well-executed food is great drinking fare—try light gnocchi and roasted chicken with fried bread, then wind down over banana cake.
The best restaurants this spring offer delicious classic and inventive seafood dishes, standout house-made pasta at a new Italian spot, a cozy American restaurant with great cocktails and a steakhouse with a distinctly non-steakhouse vibe.
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