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The Hot List

For March 2017

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

1Kitsune

Ikura temaki, uni with yuzu, tonkotsu ramen: Elizabeth Restaurant’s forager in chief, Iliana Regan, takes on Japan! Read about the Lincoln Square restaurant.
4229 N. Lincoln Ave. Website
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Kitsune Photo: Jeff Marini

2Won Fun and 2Fun Chinese

Fancy foie gras fried rice? And how about a cold Silk Road galangal-spiced ale to wash it down? Check out photos from our visit.
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 empire strays deeper into pub territory: frites, chicken wings, and—wait for it—a burger.
1576 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website
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Publican Anker Photo: Derek Richmond

4Mango Pickle

Modern Indian food pushes Edgewater another rung or two up the cool scale. (See “Mango Pickle’s Butter Chicken Is Satisfyingly Complex”.)
5842 N. Broadway Website
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Mango Pickle Photo: Jeff Marini
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5Temporis

A Contemporary American pop-up with a loyal following puts down roots in West Town with a cozy 20-seat dining room.
933 N. Ashland Ave. Website
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Temporis Photo: Jeff Marini

6Elske

A five-letter word for cool vibe, irresistible menu, and reasonable prices. Find out more about Anna and David Posey’s new restaurant.
1350 W. Randolph St. Website
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Elske Photo: Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune
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7Eden

The dressed-for-success millennials who gather here groove on playful cocktails, “umami” doughnuts, and peri-peri (Portuguese-spiced) chicken. They also love the big free parking lot.
1748 W. Lake St. Website
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Eden Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

8Savory Crust

Where BYO means “build your own empanadas.”
7180 Dempster St., Morton Grove. Website
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Savory Crust Photo: Yeon Woo Kim

9Bar Roma

Making meatballs as popular in Andersonville as bone-in rib eyes are in River North.
5101 N. Clark St. Website
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Bar Roma Photo: Neil Burger

10Dox Quality Greek

A fast-casual dedicated to pitas, kebabs, and draft cocktails.
1566 N. Damen Ave. Website
Dox Quality Greek Photo: Kailley Lindman
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