Sign up for the monthly dinner hosted by supper club Entre: Underground and dine in a cornfield, Victorian house, or a sprawling art gallery for one of chef John Perkin’s multi-course "clandestine" events (around $60 a person). The menus, often inspired by a theme or ingredient, are posted on the website and accessible by password, but the locations are revealed only on the day of the meal.
Tuck into locally sourced small plates at Farmhaus where Chef Kevin Willmann, one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs for 2011, cooks with products from regional farmers and artisans, including everything from artisanal cheeses to heirloom tomatoes. Try the bacon-wrapped meatloaf for dinner ($14), or for lunch, the blue plate special ($10; Mon.–Thu. only) features elevated takes on classics like macaroni and cheese and green bean casserole.
Savor chef Gerard Craft’s five-course tasting menu (about $65) or the Monday night three-course suppers menu ($30) at Niche, hidden away in Benton Park. If available, have the crispy octopus, the duo of shredded pork and pork belly, and finish it off with hickory-smoked ice cream. Alternatively, seek out other options from Craft’s mini-empire, like Taste, a cocktail-focused speakeasy of sorts, and Brasserie by Niche, a soaring, banquet-lined space where classic French dishes dominate the menu.