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Veer into this 58-seat West Loop spot (named after the chef’s grandmother), and you’re officially in Spanish territory. The main wine list is divided into categories — Old School, New School, The Neighbors, and The Americas —and the sherry selection runs 25 varieties deep. Ask after the newest deal: half bottles of wine at half price.
Vera Chicago, 1023 West Lake Street, at Carpenter Street (312-243-9770 or verachicago.com).
She’s an actress with a Ph.D. in neuroscience — and she’s one hell of a vegan cook.