It’s L20, Alinea or Tru quality at affordable a la carte prices. There’s pre-fixe too if you’re so inclined. Whichever way you go, chef Ryan McCaskey (formerly suburban Courtright’s) is a star and so is his faux risotto (where creamy bits of Yukon gold ape the usual Carnaroli or Arborio rice) and his foie gras custard.
Acadia, 1639 South Wabash, (312)360-9500, acadiachicago.com
Audience choice: Telegraph, 2601 North Milwaukee, (773)292-9463, telegraphchicago.com
Best of Chicago 2012