Tru, Chicago, Illinois
Concierge.com's insider take:
They don't call Rick Tramonto the "mad scientist" for nothing. Although Tru's chef and owner started his career flipping burgers at Wendy's, his latter-day kitchen wizardry keeps the reservation lines buzzing. And eating here is culinary theater at its best. Be ready to spend the evening ogling too-beautiful-to-eat creations: perhaps Tru's trademark "caviar staircase," a spiral of glass "steps" topped with dollops of multicolored fish eggs; or peekytoe crab with eggplant and honeydew in a green-tomato vinaigrette. The chef's nine-course menu (prepared at his whim) is also full of surprises. Although the dining room is intentionally spare, the better to let you focus on the dishes (as well as pastry chef Gale Gand's yummy confections), the walls are lined with original artwork from Andy Warhol and Maya Lin.
Open Mondays through Thursdays 5:30 pm to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5 pm to 11 pm.