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The Hot List

For April 2017

10 places everyone’s talking about and dining at
(in order of heat)

1Kitsune

In Japanese folklore, a kitsune is a fox with potential for great power. Judging by the crowds here, that sounds about right. Read about the Lincoln Square restaurant.
4229 N. Lincoln Ave. Website
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Kitsune Photo: Jeff Marini

2Quiote

Dan Salls morphed a salsa truck into a regional Mexican storefront and mezcal speakeasy. Browse photos of our visit to the Logan Square bar.
2456 N. California Ave. Website
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Quiote Photo: Jeff Marini
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3Ronero

Want a Hemingway daiquiri? A flight to Cuba is arguably shorter than the wait for a table at this buzzy Latin American restaurant and rum bar. Read more.
738 W. Randolph St. Website
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Ronero Photo: Lenny Gilmore/RedEye

4Trench

Trenchermen got a new name and a new chef—Jared Wentworth—and sparked a redo trend. (See the next four Hot Listers.)
2039 W. North Ave. Website
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Trench Photo: Galdones Photography
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5Ruxbin

This Noble Square fave kept its name but revamped its room and went to a seasonal prix fixe menu.
851 N. Ashland Ave. Website
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Ruxbin Photo: Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune

6Coco Pazzo Café

Jack Weiss closed Coco Pazzo Café on St. Clair Street, moved it into the Tre Soldi space, and mashed the two menus together. Read more.
212 E. Ohio St. Website
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Coco Pazzo Café Photo: Matt Savage
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7Arun’s

After a six-week overhaul to the kitchen, the dining room, and the menu, this temple to Thai cuisine says its food is more refined than ever. Read more.
4156 N. Kedzie Ave. Website
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Arun’s Photo: Noi Sampanthavivat

8Chicago Firehouse

Destroyed by a fire—it’s true—in 2014, this iconic steakhouse has risen from the ashes. Read more.
1401 S. Michigan Ave. Website
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Chicago Firehouse Photo: Neil Burger

9Pizzeria Bebu

If instant gratification is your thing, you need to know about Bebu’s three-and-a-half-minute pizzas. Find out more about the Lincoln Park pizza spot.
1521 N. Fremont St. Website
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Pizzeria Bebu Photo: Marcin Cymmer

10Slightly Toasted

West Loopers get down with toasts, salads, sandwiches, and—because why not?—a whiskey bar. Check out our impressions of the West Loop bar and cafe.
22 N. Clinton St. Website
Slightly Toasted Photo: Sammy Faze
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