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The Hot List

For November 2014

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

1Dove’s Luncheonette

This stop for Tex-Mex grub and booze makes it eight and counting for One Off Hospitality.
1545 N. Damen Ave., 773-645-4060 Website

Related: Read more about the new Wicker Park restaurant.
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Dove’s Luncheonette Photo: Courtesy of Dove’s Luncheonette

2RPM Steak

What do you call a new meat mecca in River North that puts geniality above all? RPM Steak.
66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990 Website

Related: Read more about the River North steak house and see our dining critic’s first impressions in What Penny Eats.
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RPM Steak Photo: Jeff Marini
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3Umami Burger

The burgers here are so manly that some guys make multiple visits in one day.
1480 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-423-2005 Website
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Umami Burger Photo: Courtesy of Umami Burger

4Baker Miller Bakery & Millhouse

About the only thing Megan and Dave Miller don’t do in pursuit of fresh wheat is forge their own scythes.
4610 N. Western Ave. Website

Related: Find out what our dining team thought about Baker Miller on a first visit.
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Baker Miller Bakery & Millhouse Photo: Anna Knott
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5Yusho Hyde Park

Meet the newest member of Hyde Park’s restaurant-of-the-month club.
1301 E. 53rd St., 773-643-1652 Website
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Yusho Hyde Park Photo: Courtesy of Yusho Hyde Park

6Vistro

Pizza for the kids, skirt steak for the parents. S’mores for everybody.
112 S. Washington St., Hinsdale, 630-537-1459 Website
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Chicago restaurant Vistro Photo: Courtesy of Vistro
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7Bohemian House

If you have never thought of Czech food as being fun, you have never eaten Knackwursts in blankets.
11 W. Illinois St., 312-955-0439 Website

Related: Find out what our dining critic thought of her first visit to the River North restaurant.
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Bohemian House Photo: Barry Brecheisen

8Mercadito Counter

The Sandovals bet some smart money on Chicagoans’ love for hot dogs and tacos.
738 N. Clark St., 312-756-7560 Website
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Mercadito Counter Photo: Courtesy of Mercadito Counter

9Juno

Reopened eight months after it was damaged in a fire, this hypercreative sushi spot charms Lincoln Parkers all over again.
2638 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-935-2000 Website
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Juno Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune

10MFK

The owners claim the polar vortex inspired this cozy room and its Med seaside menu. That puts a new spin on last winter.
432 W. Diversey Pkwy., 773-857-2540 Website

Related: Read our dining critic’s first impressions of the new café.
Chicago restaurant MFK Photo: Anna Knott
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