Au Cheval

COURTESY OF KARI SKAFLEN

Au Cheval is one sparkling spoon. Like, it's your grandma's sterling silver soup ladle. With an open kitchen and a bar hugging it, this European-flared diner-style grubspot in West Loop is doling out impressive meals -- think stacked sandwiches and creative burgers -- and Chicagoans are lapping it up. Be sure to try the famous fried house-made bologna sandwich.