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

You might assume the restaurant connected to the award-winning distillery Middle West Spirits would make excellent cocktails. And you’d likely guess that such a place would offer a fashionable tavern setting with a marble bar and scene-stealing vintage bar back. But if you didn’t anticipate Service Bar would also prepare witty and delicious dishes, then you don’t know about its brainy young chef, whose food is informed by a science background and a penchant for reinventing old culinary favorites.

Read about our other Best Restaurants of 2019: 1. Veritas 2. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing 3. Watershed Kitchen & 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