My dad will be in town for business this week with time for one dinner. I'd like to take advantage of his presence to go somewhere special. He and I have done Alinea and aren't looking for Achatz/Trotter/Tramonto-level food or formality this time around. Previously, he's loved Aigre Doux and North Pond. I'm looking for a hidden gem with the high caliber experience of those two places but on a smaller scale. A Tavola comes to mind -- is there a French equivalent?
We'd like to stay north of the Loop and east of Damen or so and are fine taking cabs.