Christophe David<br />NoMI, Chicago<br /><br />You can't blame a town derided as the Second City for trying to impress. But the culinary experimentalism in Chicago lately has been exhausting. David's refined cooking is the antidote. Dishes like his almond-crusted duck breast with tangy-sweet ratatouille and tarragon beurre blanc are a triumph of French technique over eccentricity. He does it all from a sweeping seventh-floor dining room with a great view of a fine city.<br /><br />Park Hyatt Chicago, 800 North Michigan Avenue; 312-239-4030;
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