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Tesori This spacious dining room (in the old Rhapsody space) is a welcome relief from the State Street bustle. Fresh pastas, pizzas, salads, all with a decided Italian accent. 65 E. Adams St., 312-786-9911, Bucktown/Wicker Park Big Star My secret to avoid the lines? Go for lunch… the Sonoran Hot Dog is every bit as tasty, as are the Tacos de Pescado. 1531 N. Damen Ave., 773-235-4039, Feast Brunch is served here Friday thru Sunday, and whether your tastes run to Chilaquiles with Chorizo or a Crab Benedict, you will leave happy. 1616 N. Damen Ave., 773-7727100,

Hot Chocolate They are, of course, known for their desserts, but don’t be fooled. This place makes some serious savory food as well, with an emphasis on seasonal produce from artisan farmers. 1747 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-1747, Piece Brewery & Pizzeria A New Haven-style pizza is a thing of beauty, especially when it’s a white clam pizza, accompanied by an award-winning brew. 1927 W. North Ave., 773-772-4422, Storefront Company I’m in love with their brunch menu, especially the Lemon & Ricotta Souffle Pancakes and the Blue Crab Omelet. This place has a very cool vibe. 1941 W. North Ave., 773-6612609,

Andersonville Andies Restaurant This long-time Mediterranean favorite is consistently tasty and easy on the wallet. 5253 N. Clark St., 773-784-8616, Big Jones Heirloom Southern food and hospitality are the hallmarks here, be it Gumbo Ya-Ya, Shrimp and Grits, or fresh-baked Sally Lunn bread and Cornbread Muffins. 5347 N. Clark St., 773-784-8616, M Henry Breakfast is served all day, and since I can eat the aptly named Blackberry Bliss Cakes at any time, that’s a good thing. They also have an incredible array of sandwiches. 5707 N. Clark St., 773-561-1600, The Burger Philosophy Sure, the Fries with Blue Cheese and Bacon paired with a Nutella shake might change your dress size, but it will be worth it. 1541 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., 773-944-0373,

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Grass Fed Light and bright during the day, lovely for lunch or weekend brunch with a nice selection of salads and sandwiches… or perhaps

you’d prefer Fried Chicken & Waffles? 1721 N. Damen Ave., 773-342-6000,

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