Our annual look at the essential restaurants illuminating the city's dining scene

Big things are happening on the beer side at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing. The 6-year-old Downtown brewery and restaurant is adding a brewing facility on the West Side, allowing it to ramp up production of its award-winning beers. Meanwhile, executive chef Seth Lassak (along with staffers Andy Zamagias, Kris Ludwig and Dan Kamel) continues to beautifully balance rustic and modern cooking—exemplified by the menu’s hulking tomahawk pork chop and a thoughtful, root-to-flower sunchokes dish. Down-to-earth service and a stellar beverage program are two more reasons why Wolf’s Ridge keeps us coming back.

Read about our other Best Restaurants of 2019: 1. Veritas 3. Watershed Kitchen & Bar 4. Service Bar 5. G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar 6. Comune 7. Refectory Restaurant & Wine Shop 8. Gallerie Bar & Bistro 9. The Guild House 10. Ambrose and Eve