River North

Designation: The Plate

What Our Inspectors Say: “Cross the threshold into this breezy, elegant space all whitewashed brick, wood-slat windows and lush greenery―and prepare to be transported to the shores of the Adriatic. The menu boasts an array of fresh, healthy Greek and Middle Eastern dishes, like smoky charred eggplant spread, tempting cold mezzes and a variety of kebabs. And it should come as no surprise that these items taste as though they were prepared in a cozy home kitchen, as Ēma translates to “mother” in Hebrew. Dig into the lamb and beef kefta, a plate of perfectly grilled, skewered meat served alongside tasty zhoug, a spicy herb and chile pepper relish. Then cool off with a few spoonfuls of delightfully tart frozen yogurt before booking your return ticket home to the Midwest.”