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The Hot List

For December 2016

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

1Bad Hunter

Against all odds in meat-centric Chicago, vegetables take center stage at this West Loop newbie.
802 W. Randolph St., 312-265-1745 Website
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Bad Hunter Photo: Jeff Marini

2Smyth

An awfully mellow name for a restaurant our critic says has the “ballsiest prix fixe menu” in town. Read our review.
177 N. Ada St., 773-913-3773 Website
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Smyth Photo: Jeff Marini
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3GT Prime

Giuseppe Tentori adds steak to the fish-and-oyster notch on his belt.
707 N. Wells St., 312-600-6305 Website
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GT Prime Photo: Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune

4Knife

The 28-ounce, 28-day dry-aged rib eye sets you back $94, but it’s shareable.
4343 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-799-8283 Website
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Knife Photo: Courtesy of Knife
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5Entente

Kale salad with grilled napa cabbage, fried ramen noodles, and Thai-inspired dressing: the new normal.
3056 N. Lincoln Ave., 872-206-8553 Website
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Entente Photo: Matt Meschede

6Boar’s Head Café

Ham sandwiches and Junior’s Cheesecake crash the Loop.
210 W. Lake St., 312-759-2233 Website
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Boar’s Head Café Photo: Lee Runion
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7Myron Mixon’s Smoke Show Barbecue

Wrigleyville really loves ’cue.
3801 N. Clark St., 773-360-1452 Website
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Myron Mixon’s Smoke Show Barbecue Photo: Courtesy of Myron Mixon’s Smoke Show Barbecue

8Terra & Vine

Alpana Singh gives casual Italian fare and meticulously curated wines a whirl in the burbs.
1701 Maple Ave., Evanston, 847-563-4333 Website
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Terra & Vine Photo: Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune

9Maison Parisienne

Aimez-vous les croissants? This Gallic café-bakery awaits.
3307 N. Clark St., 773-904-0777 Website
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Maison Parisienne Photo: Jeff Marini

10Tuco and Blondie

Nachos, fajitas, fried ice cream—old-school Tex-Mex all the way.
3358 N. Southport Ave., 773-327-8226 Website
Tuco and Blondie Photo: Huge Galdones
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