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The Hot List

For January 2015

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

1Shake Shack

This NYC transplant gave the L.A. transplant Umami Burger a whole seven weeks of fame before muscling in on the local burger wars.
66 E. Ohio St., 312-667-1701, Website
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Shake Shack Photo: Hilary Higgins/RedEye

2Dove’s Luncheonette

Order the torta, a crispy sandwich with ham and cheese so perfect you will have a moment.
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: Courtesy of Dove’s Luncheonette
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3Roxie’s by the Slice

Brendan Sodikoff takes on pizza by the slice, and the earth moves under Bucktown’s streets.
1732 N. Milwaukee Ave., Website
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Roxie’s by the Slice Photo: Courtesy of Roxie’s by the Slice

4RPM Steak

The name of the gigunda truffle-rich Millionaire’s Potato could refer to the price or the calories—or both.
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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5Momotaro

Between dinner and izakaya, you have 14 menu categories to plow through. Probably best to start with a drink.
820 W. Lake St., 312-733-4818, Website

Related: Read more about this West Loop spot.
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Momotaro Photo: Courtesy of Momotaro

6Oak + Char

River Northers: A cozy new place to begin or end your pub crawl.
217 W. Huron St., 312-643-2427, Website
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Oak + Char Photo: Lenny Gilmore/RedEye
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7The Kitchen

Where double-dipping means plunging your mussel shells back in the bowl for seconds of the garlicky broth.
316 N. Clark St., 312-836-1300, Website
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The Kitchen Photo: Courtesy of The Kitchen

8Kokopelli

A funky taco joint that serves its guac inside one huge chicharrón has Wicker Park written all over it.
1324 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-698-7670, Website
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Kokopelli Photo: Courtesy of Kokopelli

9Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market

Fans of Glenn Fahlstrom (Glenn’s Diner) found his newbie faster than you can say “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.”
1258 W. Belmont Ave., 773-281-6000, Website
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Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market Photo: Courtesy of Fahlstrom’s Fresh Fish Market

10Baker Miller

Grant Wood meets Andy Warhol in a Lincoln Square café.
4610 N. Western Ave., Website

Related: Find out what to order at this Lincoln Square bakeshop.
Baker Miller Photo: Anna Knott
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