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The Hot List

For February 2017

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

1Elske

Restaurant Row star of the month: the New American love child of chef-newlyweds David and Anna Posey. Read more.
1350 W. Randolph St. Website
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Elske Photo: Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune

2Won Fun and 2Fun Chinese

Austin Baker (Bar Marta) rolls out Sichuan food and more kinds of booze than China has provinces. Browse photos of the West Loop bar.
905 W. Randolph St. Website
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Won Fun and 2Fun Chinese Photo: Neil Burger
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3Publican Anker

The Publican and PQM get married and move to Wicker Park.
1576 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website
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Publican Anker Photo: Derek Richmond

4Bad Hunter

Where rutabagas and turnips outsell baby lamb chops and wagyu beef. Also, check out their spiced cider and bourbon popsicle at What Penny Eats.
802 W. Randolph St., 312-265-1745 Website
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Bad Hunter Photo: Jeff Marini
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5True Food Kitchen

Proof that denizens of the Hog Butcher for the World will wait in line for healthy food.
1 W. Erie St. Website
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True Food Kitchen Photo: Courtesy of True Food Kitchen

6Entente

Trending: buttermilk biscuit, tartare, wedge salad, burger, pork belly. All with global twists.
3056 N. Lincoln Ave. Website
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Entente Photo: Matthew Meschede
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7Mango Pickle

A modern take on Indian cuisine from an Italian American. Gotta love Chicago.
5842 N. Broadway Website
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Mango Pickle Photo: Courtesy of Mango Pickle

8Griddle 24

Finally! An old-school 24/7 diner in River North.
334 W. Chicago Ave. Website
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Griddle 24 Photo: Courtesy of Griddle 24

9Mesa Urbana

This sexy suburban breakout mixes Mexican with Asian, French, and Med.
3566 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook Website
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Mesa Urbana Photo: Pioneer Press/Chicago Tribune

10Café Robey

A new hotel restaurant that gives Wicker Parkers what they want: avocado toast and grilled octopus.
2018 W. North Ave. Website
Café Robey Photo: Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune
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