Whether dry-aged sirloins or fish tacos or chicken and waffles, these swanky restaurants will get your taste buds going.
1) After earning two Michelin stars at the Peninsula Chicago and opening Chicago’s ground-breaking Alinea as chef de cuisine, Curtis Duffy steps out solo for the first time with Grace (grace-restaurant.com), a West Loop fine-dining room delivering two 8- to 12-course chef’s menus nightly.
2) On the other end of the style spectrum, the new Proof at the Four Seasons resort in Scottsdale, Arizona (proofcanteen.com), serves an Americana menu spanning chicken and waffles and soda fountain shakes in a Western-style saloon stocked with 50 microbrews and tabletop shuffleboard.
3) In Hawaii, chef Peter Merriman spins off his second Monkeypod Kitchen (monkeypodkitchen.com), this time in Oahu’s Ko Olina resort, serving a locavore menu that spans fish tacos and island-raised steaks.
4) In Dallas, chef Matt McCallister sources local ingredients in dishes that trot from Texas to Japan — wild boar sloppy joes to uni pancakes — for inspiration at the Design District’s new FT 33 (ft33dallas.com).