1. Art Smith: Buttermilk Fried Chicken at Table 52
If it’s good enough for Oprah, it's good enough for us. This wow-inducing buttermilk fried chicken brings a taste of the South into the Gold Coast with a crispy outside and juicy inside that those other fried chicken restaurants (ahem, KFC) dream about. What it may lack in flair or finesse, Table 52's chicken more than makes up for in flavor — particularly when served with a killer side of roasted garlic mashed potatoes.
52 W. Elm St., Gold Coast (312-573-4000).
Photo courtesy Eric Kleinberg