Charred spiced carrots ($13) pack a lot of heat, but get cooled down by creamy feta and sunflower seed salsa.
Bandit—the latest hit from Prime & Provisions and Siena Tavern purveyor DineAmic Hospitality—is a nostalgic, winking tribute to the good old days (we’re talking diner decor straight out of the ’70s and a wall-to-wall Justin Timberlake collage in the ladies’ room). It’s charmingly casual for Randolph Street, yet still polished, and the food toes the line between serious and seriously fun. The tater tots ($10 for two) are topped with caviar; decadent bacon jam-topped sliders for the table ($17) are made with the finest Slagel Family Farm beef; and a charred skirt steak ($32) graces the same menu as chicken tenders. If you crave it, they’ve got it—and chances are, it’ll take you back, while still giving you something new to chew on. 841 W. Randolph St., 312.666.6061
Photography by: TIM MCCOY/BANDIT