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The Hot List

For March 2015

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


Too cozy for the West Loop; too cool to be anywhere else.
925 W. Randolph St., 312-690-7295, Website
Chicago restaurant Formento’s Photo: Anna Knott

2Good Stuff Eatery

The burger timeline: September 2014, Umami Burger; November 2014, Shake Shack. GSE, enjoy your moment.
22 S. Wabash Ave., 312-854-3027, Website
Good Stuff Eatery Photo: Hilary Higgins
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3The Commons Club

The food here is so hip that the rib eye sports a black truffle tattoo.
Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash Ave., 312-940-4400, Website

Related: Browse photos of our night at the Virgin Hotel bar.
The Commons Club Photo: Hilary Higgins

4Labriola Ristorante & Café

And pizzeria and bar and bakery and gelateria and …
535 N. Michigan Ave., 312-955-3100, Website
Labriola Ristorante & Café Photo: Hilary Higgins
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5Miku Sushi Lounge

Ebi Tango. Angry Dragon. Latin Heat. Names of retro cocktails? Salsa dances? Pinball games? Don’t be silly.
4514 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-654-1277, Website
Miku Sushi Lounge Photo: Hilary Higgins

6Frank Meats Patty

After all that weeping over the loss of Hot Doug’s, Avondale has come together again—this time for a Double Fatso Burger.
3324 N. California Ave., 773-482-1000 Website
Frank Meats Patty Photo: Hilary Higgins
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Proving that it’s never wise to bet against sushi.
820 W. Lake St., 312-733-4818, Website

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

8The Duck Inn

Think Archie Bunker’s Place with sexy cocktails and a rotisserie.
2701 S. Eleanor St., 312-724-8811, Website

Related: Check out photos of our visit and read more about the Bridgeport restaurant.
The Duck Inn Photo: Anna Knott

9Dove’s Luncheonette

One Off Hospitality Group calls it a luncheonette, but you could grow old waiting in line for brunch and dinner, too.
1545 N. Damen Ave., 773-645-4060, Website

Related: Read more about the Wicker Park restaurant.
Dove’s Luncheonette Photo: Hilary Higgins

10Shake Shack

With 10 different mix-ins on the menu, you can have zillions of frozen custard concretes before you repeat a flavor combo.
66 E. Ohio St., 312-667-1701, Website
Shake Shack Photo: Hilary Higgins
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