The Betty - Chicago
Chicago's Fulton Market District rivals any neighborhood dining destination in the country. It boasts a number of James Beard-award winning eateries (The Aviary, Publican), a high-profile steakhouse that President Obama once visited (Swift & Sons) and one of the most outstanding Japanese restaurants in the country (Momotaro).
And while upscale drinking goes hand in hand with these venues, The Betty brings a little something different. Its post-modern "Mad Men" vibe attracts some of the city's most stylish imbibers, who relish in the unique cocktail menu that changes seasonally. What doesn't change is the gin & tonic program, which features small-batch gins, house-infused tonics, tinctures and more. A curated wine list and craft beers round out the beverage offerings.
The bold design approach showcases contemporary design features, reclaimed materials and ambient lighting, creating the ultimate living room. That's ideal for the mostly small-plates menu, which includes nibbles such as braised pork belly, maple-cured foie gras torchon and stuffed cherry stone clams.
There are larger plates as well, and those highlights range from a 10-ounce ribeye to whole pan roasted branzino. A weekday happy hour menu available from 4 to 6:30pm Monday through Friday includes discounted snacks, draft beers, wine by the glass and a featured cocktail.