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The Hot List

For February 2015

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

1Momotaro

Smoked bacon and eggs on a modern Japanese menu, and not a tweet of dissent.
820 W. Lake St., 312-733-4818, Website

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

2The Duck Inn

Da Mare moved out of Bridgeport way too soon.
2701 S. Eleanor St., 312-724-8811, Website

Related: Check out photos of our visit and read more about the Bridgeport restaurant.
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The Duck Inn Photo: Courtesy of The Duck Inn
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3Dove’s Luncheonette

This hip retro diner and its sort-of-Mex menu have made Wicker Park so cool even Paul Kahan is impressed.
1545 N. Damen Ave., 773-645-4060, Website

Related: Read more about the Wicker Park restaurant.
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Dove’s Luncheonette Photo: Courtesy of Dove’s Luncheonette

4Shake Shack

Maybe you can pay someone to stand in line for you.
66 E. Ohio St., 312-667-1701, Website
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Shake Shack Photo: Hilary Higgins/RedEye
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5RPM Steak

A 42-ounce wagyu tomahawk steak costs $155 here. Makes the $6 Parker House rolls seem like a bargain.
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: Courtesy of RPM Steak

6Berrista Coffee

Where Homaro Cantu (Moto) makes miracle-fruit-based pastries as popular as the gluten-free muffins at the grocery store.
4219 W. Irving Park Rd., Website

Related: Read about Berrista Coffee’s chicken and waffle sandwich.
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Berrista Coffee Photo: Courtesy of Berrista Coffee
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7Ten Mile House

The new mecca for grilled cheese lies about a football field away from NU’s stadium. No purple attire required.
1700 Central St., Evanston, 847-905-0669, Website
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Ten Mile House Photo: Patrick Niebres

8Lao Sze Chuan

Everyone who lives downtown treks to some Lao or another, making this location a no-brainer.
520 N. Michigan Ave., 312-818-8099, Website
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Lao Sze Chuan Photo: Courtesy of Lao Sze Chuan

9Pane Caldo

Closed June 2012; reopened December 2014. This could be the longest comeback in restaurant history.
111 E. Chestnut St., 312-649-0055
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Pane Caldo Photo: Courtesy of Pane Caldo

10Roxie’s by the Slice

Pizza drama in Bucktown: Brendan Sodikoff challenges the locals to learn how to fold ’em.
1732 N. Milwaukee Ave., Website
Roxie’s by the Slice Photo: Courtesy of Roxie’s by the Slice
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