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The Hot List

For August 2015

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

1Dolce Italian

The kind of hip River North spot where the Barbie and Ken doll diners are thinner than the noodles.
Godfrey Hotel Chicago, 127 W. Huron St., 312-754-0700 Website

Related: Take a look at the burrata at Dolce Italian and other dishes on our blog What Penny Eats.
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Dolce Italian Photo: Joel Hernandez

2Cherry Circle Room

Make like a tourist and eat at the CCR just to check out the fab redo of the 1893 Chicago Athletic Association.
12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-792-3515 Website
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Cherry Circle Room Photo: Clayton Hauck
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3C Chicago

The freshest, most responsibly sourced fish and seafood on the planet for out-of-this-world prices.
20 W. Kinzie St., 312-280-8882 Website
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C Chicago Photo: Anthony Barlich

4Prime & Provisions

Seems inevitable that a steak house would embrace fried chicken as an appetizer.
222 N. LaSalle St., 312-726-7777 Website

Related: Check out the fried chicken at Prime & Provisions and other goodies on our blog What Penny Eats.
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Prime & Provisions Photo: Nathan Michael
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5Nando’s Peri Peri

Where you can follow a 203-calorie quarter-chicken with a 1,136-calorie slice of carrot cake.
953 W. Randolph St., 312-488-3062; 670 W. Diversey Pkwy., 773-634-7153 Website
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Nando’s Peri Peri Photo: Courtesy of Nando’s Peri Peri

6Remington’s

When’s the last time you saw a pink lady lead a cocktail list and prime rib top the entrées?
20 N. Michigan Ave., 312-782-6000 Website

Related: See the crab toast at Remington’s along with other tasty meals on our blog What Penny Eats.
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Remington’s Photo: Monica Kass Rogers
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7De Quay

Chances are, if Vincent van Gogh had eaten here, he would have cheered right up.
2470 N. Lincoln Ave., 872-206-8820 Website
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De Quay Photo: Courtesy of De Quay

8The General Restaurant & Mercantile

While western cities duke it out as the most taco obsessed in the United States, Chicago just keeps chipping away at the title.
2528 N. California Ave., 773-698-8754 Website
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The General Restaurant & Mercantile Photo: Courtesy of The General Restaurant & Mercantile

9AMK Kitchen Bar

Pub grub, craft cocktails, and no TV in Bucktown.
1954 W. Armitage Ave., 773-276-4400 Website
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AMK Kitchen Bar Photo: Courtesy of AMK Kitchen Bar

10Via Lima

Quinoa salad, papa rellena, and lomo saltado have landed in North Center.
4024 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-348-4900 Website
Via Lima Photo: Courtesy of Via Lima
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