The term "labor of love" gets thrown around a lot in the culinary world, but for Between Boutique Cafe and Lounge in Wicker Park, it's an accurate description. The small plates spot was opened by actor and food industry buff Carl Anderson as a way to pay homage to his wife Lu Lu.
Given its creation as a sort of restaurant Taj Mahal, it should come as no surprise that Between's decor exudes a feeling of warmth, or better yet, sultriness. From the magenta seats and booths to the crimson curtains, the setting provides the perfect atmosphere for seduction. That said, this isn't just a place for hot dates. Groups of friends looking for good food, wine and conversation will feel right at home in the sophisticated digs.