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The Hot List

For May 2015

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

1Furious Spoon

The first rule of eating ramen at the communal table: Do not spill on the person next to you.
1571 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-687-8445, Website
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Furious Spoon Photo: Hilary Higgins

2Rural Society

Where cooking over fire is the hottest thing since, uh, fire.
Loews Hotel, 455 N. Park Dr., 312-840-6605 Website
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Rural Society Photo: Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune
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3Intro

An alum of the French Laundry and Nashville’s Catbird Seat, Erik Anderson is next up in Intro’s kitchen. Woo-hoo!
2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-868-0002, Website

Related: See why Intro is one of this year’s Best New Restaurants.
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Intro Photo: Anna Knott

4Community Tavern

Steakanista alert: Locally sourced prime beef is now in Portage Park.
4038 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-283-6080, Website

Related: Find out why Community Tavern is one of this year’s Best New Restaurants.
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Community Tavern Photo: Hilary Higgins
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5Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Should you favor Jeni’s in Wicker Park over Jeni’s in Lake View? Yes, if it’s closer to your house.
1505 N. Milwaukee Ave., 872-802-4668 Website
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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Photo: Hilary Higging

6The Corned Beef Factory Sandwich Shop

No stools, plates, or credit cards: No matter at the new king of no-frills counter service.
1009 W. Lake St., 312-666-2535
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The Corned Beef Factory Sandwich Shop Photo: Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune
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7Contadino

The name makes you think of tomato paste, which makes you hungry for Italian food. That’s the whole idea.
1146 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, 847-920-5962 Website
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Contadino Photo: Hilary Higgins

8Ancien Cycles

Just when you think Kristine Subido (Pecking Order) has gone underground, she pops up making nifty salads in a cycle shop in West Town.
688 N. Milwaukee Ave., 312-888-3048 Website
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Ancien Cycles Photo: Hilary Higgins

9Scooter’s Frozen Custard

Roscoe Village’s favorite seasonal custard shop has a much better grasp on global warming than does the average politician.
1658 W. Belmont Ave., 773-244-6415 Website
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Scooter’s Frozen Custard Photo: Hilary Higgins

10Mondo Meatball

No one can resist a meatball recipe that’s three generations old.
1467 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-278-5959 Website
Mondo Meatball Photo: Hilary Higgins
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