THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED, POSSIBLY FOR GOOD.
Located just out of range of Wrigley Field's unwashed masses, Rick's Cafe feels more like the French Riviera than the North Side. This BYOB cafe is as romantic as it gets: an intimate dining room for quiet, candlelit conversation and a quaint sidewalk patio for casual people-watching. The menu's mix of Spanish, French and Mediterranean dishes offers a taste of southern Europe at a reasonable cost, with entrees around $15 and hot and cold tapas in the $5-$8 range. The popularity of Rick's Cafe is apparent by the way the tables are packed in here. The small sidewalk area is a breath of fresh air, with French music piped in to cover the sounds of traffic on Sheridan.
Diners here are casual but well dressed, and the place is extremely popular with those in the know. You'll need reservations on popular nights, so call ahead. Don't forget to bring your favorite vintage, and expect a $4 corkage fee, a bit steep, but necessary to get a true taste of this little piece of Europe.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Aimee Hall