Wild card: Southwest Loop

Ristorante We, 172 W. Adams St.; 312-917-5608, ristorantewe.com If you're looking for a "splurge" lunch, this sleek Tuscan steakhouse inside the W Hotel City Center is the place to be. A $9 order for garlic bread sounds a little extreme, but we're talking about a platter of toasted garlic ciabatta placed over a pool of gorgonzola fonduta. A single order will suffice for four, and yes, you can request a half-order. The menu includes some interesting pastas and panini, and the fish of the day could be seared scallops with polenta and green beans ($20, above). Steaks are pricey, but the skirt steak, dressed with thin ribbons of basil-mint pesto and accompanied by excellent truffled fries, is a steal for $17.
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