Darnell Reed shares his family recipes in his two Luella’s restaurants.
NOLA native Brian Jupiter (Frontier) gives authenticity to this Cajun-creole spot in the former Beechwood Inn.
Luella’s Southern Kitchen 4609 N. Lincoln 773-961-8196 www.luellassouthernkitchen.com Runner-Up Soul Vegetarian
A year of dining out and cooking yielded something uniquely delicious nearly every other day.
This Lincoln Square spot spans the region’s cuisine—from the Carolinas to the Mississippi Delta—with mixed results.