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The Hot List

For July 2016

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

1Alinea

That rare case when “Closed for Remodeling” meant closed for remodeling.
1723 N. Halsted St., 312-867-0110 Website
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Alinea Photo: Matthew Gilson

2Oriole

Four months old, four stars, 28 seats. Try for a reservation—say, two years out. See “Dining Review: Oriole Takes Flight.”
661 W. Walnut St., 312-877-5339 Website
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Oriole Photo: Jeff Marini
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3Duck Duck Goat

Stephanie Izard channels Chinatown (see “Review: Stephanie Izard Gets Saucy at Duck Duck Goat”).
857 W. Fulton Market, 312-902-3825 Website
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Duck Duck Goat Photo: Jeff Marini

4Roister

Where you can have fried chicken for dinner and a foie gras candy bar for dessert.
951 W. Fulton Market Website
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Roister Photo: Jeff Marini
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5Leña Brava

Rick Bayless mans a wood-fired grill on Randolph Street. It’s like the West Loop won the lottery—again.
900 W. Randolph St., 312-733-1975 Website
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Leña Brava Photo: Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune

6Kimski

Korean-Polish fusion in Bridgeport today; gentrification tomorrow.
960 W. 31st St., 773-890-0588 Website
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Kimski Photo: Matthew Meschede
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7The Budlong

So sad that Bunny left this space, but Nashville hot chicken has Lake View back in a tizzy.
2928 N. Broadway, 773-270-9005 Website
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The Budlong Photo: Hilary Higgins

8Broken English Taco Pub

Italian cuisine kingpin Phil Stefani embraces tacos; Loopers embrace Phil Stefani.
75 E. Lake St., 312-929-3601 Website
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Broken English Taco Pub Photo: Marcin Cymer

9Beacon Tavern

Owner Billy Lawless (Gage, Acanto): “Beaten and weathered like me—with a touch of refinement.”
405 N. Wabash Ave., 312-955-4226 Website
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Beacon Tavern Photo: Jeff Marini

10Ocean Cut

A new name and new turf on the menu—think dry-aged steaks—turned the tide at the former C Chicago.
20 W. Kinzie St., 312-280-8882 Website
Ocean Cut Photo: Courtesy of Ocean Cut
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