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The Hot List

For December 2018

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

1Bar Ramone

What:A rollicking wine bar inspired by España
Why:If you order it by the shareable porrón, it’s perfectly OK to pour txakoli directly into your mouth here.
Browse photos of our visit to the River North spot.
Where:441 N. Clark St., River North Website
Bar Ramone Photo: Peter Ranvestel

2Bayan Ko

What:A Filipino restaurant by way of Cuba — or vice versa, we’re not sure.
Why:Because where else can dinner be lumpia Shanghai and ropa vieja?
Where:1810 W. Montrose Ave., Ravenswood Website
Bayan Ko Photo: Courtesy of Bayan Ko
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3Bonchon Wicker Park

What:Korea’s preeminent fried chicken chain continues its expansion.
Why:KFC isn’t just Colonel Sanders anymore.
Where:1732 W. Division St., Wicker Park Website
Bonchon Wicker Park Photo: Courtesy of Bonchon Wicker Park

4Le Sud

What:Authentic French food, right down to the housemade beurre
Why:In the depths of a Chicago winter, a bowl of bouillabaisse may be the closest you’ll get to the Mediterranean.
Where:2301 W. Roscoe St., Roscoe Village Website
Le Sud Photo: Courtesy of Le Sud
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5About Last Knife

What:A steakhouse that doesn’t take itself too seriously
Why:Beef Wellington by the slice is the bar food you didn’t know you craved.
Where:Hotel Julian, 168 N. Michigan Ave., Loop Website
About Last Knife Photo: Kailley Lindman


What:A bookstore-slash-boozy-dessert-purveyor
Why:The pastry wizard behind Fabiana’s Bakery has branched out into the literature and alcohol-infused-cupcake scene.
Check out photos of the bar and restaurant.
Where:1644 E. 53rd St., Hyde Park Website
Bibliophile Photo: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune
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7Vu Rooftop Bar

What:A rooftop bar that — gasp! — isn’t in the middle of downtown
Why:See the South Loop from 22 floors up while sipping a mezcal and chili cocktail.
View pics of our night at this swanky bar.
Where:Hilton Garden Inn, 133 E. Cermak Rd., South Loop Website
Vu Rooftop Bar Photo: Peter Ranvestel

8Lucy’s Cafe

What:Veg-friendly brunch fare
Why:All the soy chorizo a person could want.
Where:2100 W. Roscoe St., Roscoe Village Website
Lucy’s Cafe Photo: Courtesy of Lucy’s Cafe

9Conrad’s Grill

What:A college town fave (by way of East Lansing) that has made a Midwestern expansion
Why:Who doesn’t want a Tater Tot wrap at 1 in the morning?
Where:1422 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park Website
Conrad’s Grill Photo: Courtesy of Conrad’s Grill

10Ravinia Brewing Co.

What:Taps and tacos
Why:It’s time the northern burbs got a noteworthy brewpub.
Where:582 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park Website
Ravinia Brewing Co. Photo: Courtesy of Ravinia Brewing Co.
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