Mana Food Bar: We've all got friends (this editor included) who refuse to entertain the idea of vegetarian dining. Mana will turn them all into believers. Start out with a little baked goat cheese, and then ease into some mushroom saute and sweet potato pancakes. They won't stand a chance.
Mana Food Bar; 1742 West Division Street (at North Wood Street); 773-342-1742.
Sable: Here comes the power-share. Sable in River North is your new go-to for out of town entertaining of any sort. Clients, relatives, high school friends casually in town on business, you name it. Sable will impress from start to finish, especially if you start with the mini veggie burgers or scallops. Do not skip the cocktails. We repeat, do not skip the cocktails. Sable, 505 North State Street (at East Illinois Street); 312-755-9704.