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Healthy eating has never been so fun.

By Amber Gibson

Clever Rabbit, 2015 W. Division St., Chicago, 773-697-8711, cleverrabbitchicago.com

When did crudités become so glamorous? It’s the most expensive and labor-intensive item on the menu at Clever Rabbit, perfect for sharing with friends while sipping a carrot margarita. The seasonally rotating spread is stunning. Juicy plums come paired with goat cheese, and carrots, cucumbers and housemade naan are perfect for dipping in labneh, mushroom mousse and smoky eggplant agrodolce.

Chef Matt Lair displays a light hand, sourcing the best local produce and showing enough restraint to let its delicate flavors shine. Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options are all clearly labeled on the menu. There’s also pasta, pizza, seafood and even a decadent double cheeseburger on offer.

The stretch of Division Street that Clever Rabbit calls home has long been known for its sports bars and pubs. The eatery is poised to become a Wicker Park favorite thanks to its amiable service, fairly priced wines, and thoughtful and delicious fare.

Photography by Eric Kleinberg

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