USA TODAY: NEW AND POPULAR CHICAGO RESTAURANTS

Thank the culinary gods that it's not all about cauliflower steaks and caviar service. Courtesy of Tony Priolo and Ciro Longobardo (Piccolo Sogno, Nonnina) Maillard Tavern satisfies the very necessary craving for comfort food. Among the eight custom burgers, all constructed of two 4 oz. local beef patties griddled and served on a toasted potato bun with a side of duck fat potato fries, is the Maillard burger with crispy onions, bacon and onion jam, cheddar, pickles, and dijon mayo. That should be the antidote for a bad boss, breakup or too much drink. The menu also includes specialty sandwiches (Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast and an Impossible Burger among the choices) soups and a fab roster of desserts from milk shakes (also served spiked!), ice cream sundaes, banana splits and donuts. Reservations aren't accepted.

Elizabeth Bowers