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The Hot List

For May 2017

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

1Quiote

Easy game plan: a few small plates (aguachile, sweet potatoes, duck tacos) and a few small glasses (of mezcal). (See “Best New Restaurants: Quiote”.) Browse photos of our visit to the Logan Square bar in Seen on the Scene, and take a look at their tamal oaxaqueno in What Penny Eats.
2456 N. California Ave. Website
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Quiote Photo: Jeff Marini

2Income Tax

How did a cozy wine bar with really good food get such a bad name? No one in Edgewater cares. Read more about this comfy spot, browse photos of our visit in Seen on the Scene, and take a look at Income Tax’s trout in What Penny Eats.
5959 N. Broadway Website
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Income Tax Photo: Courtesy of Income Tax
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3Burt’s Place

If the clamor for tables here is any indication, the new owners of this famed caramelized-crust pizza joint have done the dearly departed Burt Katz proud.
8541 N. Ferris Ave., Morton Grove Website
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Burt’s Place Photo: Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune

4Mi Tocaya Antojería

Diana Dávila digs into her beloved Mexican street snacks. Chicagoans follow suit.
2800 W. Logan Blvd. Website
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Mi Tocaya Antojería Photo: Jeff Marini
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5SafeHouse Chicago

A spy-themed restaurant for 007 wannabes and those who love them. Check out photos of our trip to the River North spot in Seen on the Scene.
60 E. Ontario St. Website
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SafeHouse Chicago Photo: Peter Ranvestel

6Original Rainbow Cone

Hooray! Now open after its annual four-month winter hiatus.
9233 S. Western Ave. Website
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Original Rainbow Cone Photo: Gary Middendorf/Daily Southtown
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7Ella Elli

With roasted fennel, avocado toast, and hamachi crudo on the menu, this casual newbie has Southport Corridor folks feeling like they’ve finally arrived. Take a look at pics from our night out at the new Wrigleyville spot in Seen on the Scene, and check out Ella Elli’s scallops in What Penny Eats.
1349 W. Cornelia Ave. Website
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Ella Elli Photo: Galdones Photography

8Deadbolt

A retro tavern in Logan Square owned by the Furious Spoon guys. The line starts here. Look at photos of Logan Square’s hot new bar in Seen on the Scene.
2412 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website
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Deadbolt Photo: Courtesy of Deadbolt

9Torino Ramen

Finally, ramen in downtown Wilmette. Bonus: It’s around the corner from the movie theater.
1162 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette Website
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Torino Ramen Photo: Courtesy of Torino Ramen

10Nic’s Organic Fast Food

Where the healthy buzzwords fly as thick and fast as the certified organic burgers and fries.
2101 S. Plum Grove Rd., Rolling Meadows Website
Nic’s Organic Fast Food Photo: Neil Burger
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