When it comes to neighborhood restaurants, dining doesn't get any finer than Goosefoot, the latest belle of the buzz in the Chicago culinary scene. The small restaurant thrives on fresh, local fare from small farms and is named for a family of wild, weedy plants with goosefoot-shape leaves. Located on an oft-ignored strip of Lawrence Avenue in Lincoln Square, just down the street from a W.I.C. office, Goosefoot is an obscured truffle in a diverse urban forest. Executive chef-owner Chris Nugent spent seven years as the culinary force behind Chicago's Les Nomades, which, just before his departure, was named one of the best restaurants in the country by Zagat. He was also called a rising star by StarChefs in 2008. Now at the helm of his own restaurant, he has free range to wow diners with each course. And there are a lot of opportunities. The $90 eight-course meal (with a $140 12-courser coming soon) rivals any fine-dining meal in town: melt-in-your-mouth lobster with hubbard squash, licorice root and curry; unforgettably savory sunchoke soup with truffle essence; the tenderest of tender Angus beef with gorgeous heirloom carrots; a precious chocolate hand-painted by the chef, and the list goes on. With French influences and an emphasis on local ingredients, a BYOB policy and charming servers, the time is now to call for a reservation—just call way in advance, because reservations are booking up to two months ahead of time.