Savvy locals flock to this out-of-the-way charmer, where reasonable prices and an approachable menu draw a crowd of regulars—many of whom have standing dates for the famed fried chicken Thursdays. Thanks to Backyard’s husband-and-wife team, you’ll feel as though you’re in a private home, and the patio looks like a real backyard, complete with picnic tables and a tree strung with lights. Dishes rotate seasonally, but you might find a tender grilled calamari salad with blood oranges and pickled sunchokes; or creamy house-made pasta à la carbonara with black trumpet mushrooms and smoky bacon. Don't miss the velvety chocolate pudding with salted caramel. With doughnuts accompanied by apple-persimmon butter and eggs benedict atop biscuits, brunch is a hit.