Chicago's must-try dishes
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Chef/owner Darnell Reed, who previously worked as a chef for Hilton Worldwide, named Luella's Southern Kitchen in Lincoln Square after his great grandmother, who moved to Chicago from Mississippi decades ago. The comfort-food favorites here include the heavenly bourbon chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and the $10 crispy catfish tacos, perfectly brittle with a crumbly coating, dressed with cayenne remoulade and vinegar slaw. Luella's is BYOB, but you're missing out on the full dining experience if you don't order the sweet tea, prepared at the counter and served in a mason jar. And be sure to save room for the liberally powdered and pillowy beignets for dessert. 4609 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-961-8196, luellassouthernkitchen.com/ -- Jessica Reynolds