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The Hot List

For November 2015

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

1Buzz Bait Taqueria

With so many orders of chips and guac on the tables, there’s barely room for the tuna poke tacos.
1529 N. Wells St., 312-664-2899 Website

Related: Check out their blackened mahi mahi tacos on What Penny Eats.
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Buzz Bait Taqueria Photo: Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune

2Ixcateco Grill

Albany Park lucks out with Frontera Grill–caliber grub on a budget.
3402 W. Montrose Ave., 773-539-5887 Website
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Ixcateco Grill Photo: Cindy Kurman
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3The Halal Guys

A fast-food joint with a 45-minute wait.
49 W. Division St., 312-877-5575 Website
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The Halal Guys Photo: Kevin Pang/Chicago Tribune

4Wildwood Tavern

Myron & Phil 2.0: new name, new location, same skirt steak.
6480 W. Touhy Ave., Niles, 847-677-6663
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Wildwood Tavern Photo: Courtesy of Wildwood Tavern
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5Johnny’s Grill

Sarah Jordan (Boka, GT Fish & Oyster) trades in snazzy desserts for her true passion: fish and chips.
2545 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-278-2215 Website

Related: Read our dining critics’ impressions of Johnny’s Grill.
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Johnny’s Grill Photo: Potluck Creative

6Sociale

John McClean conquered burgers (Burger Bar) and pizza (Sono Wood Fired). So why not Mediterranean small plates?
800 S. Clark St., 312-588-1100 Website
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Sociale Photo: Courtesy of Sociale
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7Pizza Barra

“Pizza from a bread maker’s point of view,” says owner Rich Labriola. Whatever that means.
3011 Butterfield Rd., Oak Brook, 630-861-6177 Website
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Pizza Barra Photo: Courtesy of Pizza Barra

8MingHin Cuisine

Dim sum spot Yum Cha went dim, and this Chinatown stalwart rolled into the space with . . . more dim sum.
333 E. Benton Pl., 312-228-1333 Website
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MingHin Cuisine Photo: Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune

9Cantina 1910

Two dining trends in one: regional Mexican food made with locally grown ingredients. Olé!
5025 N. Clark St., 773-506-1910 Website
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Cantina 1910 Photo: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune

10Catalpa Kitchen

A crowd-pleasing menu plus a lesson in dendrology (those are catalpa trees outside).
2800 W. Logan Blvd., 872-206-2856 Website
Catalpa Kitchen Photo: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune
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