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The Hot List

For December 2014

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

1Momotaro

Just when you think upscale Japanese is done, Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz (Boka Restaurant Group) take it on.
820 W. Lake St., 312-733-4818 Website

Related: Read more about this West Loop spot.
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Chicago restaurant Momotaro Photo: Anna Knott

2RPM Steak

A River North steak house for the people. You know, people like Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett.
66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990 Website

Related: Read our review of the River North steak house and see our dining critic’s first impressions in What Penny Eats.
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RPM Steak Photo: Anna Knott
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3Dove’s Luncheonette

If this is supposed to be Big Star’s calm Tex-Mex sibling, where is One Off Hospitality hiding the hyper one?
1545 N. Damen Ave., 773-645-4060 Website

Related: Read more about the new Wicker Park restaurant.
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Dove’s Luncheonette Photo: Brian Willette

4Umami Burger

The cure for Umami Fever is now available over the counter in Wicker Park.
1480 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-423-2005 Website
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Umami Burger Photo: Courtesy of Umami Burger
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5Baker Miller

The aromas from this fab bakery practically force patrons into the shop—much like Garrett popcorn syndrome.
4610 N. Western Ave. Website
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Baker Miller Photo: Anna Knott

6The Kitchen

How many farms, hatcheries, bakeries, dairies, and more does it take Johnny Anderes to make a menu? Sixteen, at last count.
316 N. Clark St., 312-836-1300 Website
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The Kitchen Photo: Courtesy of The Kitchen
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7Patisserie Coralie

Not counting Ladurée in Paris, PC now ranks as the cutest French pastry shop ever.
600 Davis St., Evanston, 847-905-0491 Website
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Patisserie Coralie Photo: Courtesy of Patisserie Coralie

8Charlatan

Groovy cocktails, housemade pasta, and easy street parking. Sweet.
1329 W. Chicago Ave., 312-818-2073 Website
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Charlatan Photo: Courtesy of Charlatan

9Yusho Hyde Park

Never again can you complain there’s no place to eat before—or after—Court Theatre.
1301 E. 53rd St., 773-643-1652 Website
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Chicago restaurant Yusho Hyde Park Photo: Courtesy of Yusho Hyde Park

10Owen + Alchemy

The inevitable has happened: a chef-driven juice bar in Logan Square. Yay, Jared Van Camp!
2355 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-227-3444 Website
Owen + Alchemy Photo: Anna Knott
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