A new Chicago import from a Top Chef alum sounds like something from pre-pandemic days, but that’s just what Aba is: the second location of chef CJ Jacobson’s Mediterranean restaurant, just opened on South Congress. The menu takes inspiration from across the region, with dishes like short-rib hummus, muhammara, khachapuri, and more. Bonus points for the patio shaded by a giant heritage oak tree. More info here.
Dining status: patio and dine-in, reservations only. For reservations call 737-273-0199.