Eagle-nesting atop Chicago's home-grown sustainable world market, Fox & Obel
, where Wine Spectator notes speckle the isles with recommendations, the Atrium Wine Bar fronts the ethos of the market with flights, pairings, seasonal specials and an entree line-up poised for success under $15.
Streamlined into six or so rotating dishes, the focus is on complimenting. A couple varietals are listed aside complex flavors like pumpkin and roasted duck risotto, with spiced pecans and a bourbon-vanilla glaze, and also dress up a margherita pizza staple.
Whereas desserts dazzle by themselves, modestly named treats like the "seasonal fruit plate," pack quince, brandied apricots and prosecco fig sauce, crafted daily from the market's in-house bakery.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Gavin Paul