From the Roots crew comes a garden-to-table restaurant with a patio (open ’til midnight) to kill for. A giant rooftop garden teems with plants highlighted in dishes ranging from American to Lebanese to Asian. It puts your cooking to shame.Homestead, 1924 West Chicago Avenue, between Damen and Ashland Avenues (773-645-4949 or homesteadontheroof.com).
People dining at Union Rooftop Restaurant have views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. The third floor restaurant is open for lunch on weekdays and dinner daily. (MPR Photo/Jennifer Simonson)
Birchwood Kitchen | This gnarly artisanal spot in Wicker Park specializes in handmade mozzarella, fresh-baked breads, house-roasted meats, and seasonal sandwiches. Chow down on the summer patio or cozy up amid exposed brick when the weather is — quite literally — not so hot.