A giddy excitement bubbles through the air at Les Nomades, and with good reason: this intimate, charming restaurant feels like a secret hideaway within a gated Streeterville brownstone. Owner Mary Beth Liccioni welcomes all as if they were old friends, seating guests among the graciously arranged fresh flowers, framed artwork, and linen-topped tables. Though the fragrant herb-loaded lavash presented at each table is good enough to make an entire meal out of, save room for entrées like grilled Scottish salmon, served medium-rare with a colorful, flavorful mélange of beets, cucumber, and black olive tapenade. A single translucent langoustine raviolo duets on a plate with tempura soft shell crab, both enhanced by harissa- and saffron-spiked rouille.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors