Restaurant Dear Margaret (2965 N. Lincoln Ave.) is called “French Canadian,” which probably connotes things like bagels, smoked meats, maple syrup, and poutine. Although some quintessentially Canadian dishes such as Nanaimo dessert bars appear on the menu, the food ranks more like French preparations of Midwestern ingredients, with a seasonal sensibility from the farmhouse of “Anne of Green Gables.” Dear Margaret chef Ryan Brosseau, who ran the kitchen when the same French farmhouse Le Sud opened in Roscoe Village, pays homage through food to his grandmother, the Margaret addressed and loved in the restaurant’s name .
Don’t let the lack of food along the southern edge of Midway Plaisance deter you. The ground floor of the new David Rubenstein Forum houses at the University of Chicago BarDavid (1201 E. 60th St.), an elegant sit-down restaurant with curved banquettes, dim lighting, and a chef in the kitchen. Marco Bahena’s seasonal modern Mediterranean menu can include anything from stuffed eggplant ($16) to 36-hour ribs with Jerusalem artichokes ($26). It’s a true foodie destination, well-located for hungry scholars but also for visitors to Rockefeller Chapel, Robie House and other Hyde Park attractions.
And seafood is three
A few blocks south of the highly successful River North siblings, RPM Steak and RPM Italian, RPM Seafood (317 N. Clark St.) opened in January 2020 in a glamorous waterfront location it shares with fellow relative, Lettuce Entertain You’s Pizza Portofino. At RPM Seafood, you’ll see everything from clam chowder with a puff pastry crust ($21) to caviar service ($100 to $225) and seafood towers ($136 to $250). Midway choices include Dover Sole Fish and Chips ($53) and Grilled Wild Alaskan Halibut ($42), as well as steaks and pastas. The mooring of boats is possible if you arrive by boat.