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The Hot List

For November 2017

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

1Somerset

This hip newbie with an upmarket American menu (think aged duck breast) took even the Viagra Triangle by surprise (see “Soaring, Bi-Level Somerset Serves Upscale Fare on State Street”).
1112 N. State St. Website
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Somerset Photo: Huge Galdones

2Bonci Pizzeria

Whether this is really pizza or a crispy, airy hybrid, you’ll have to get in a long line to try it (see “These Out-of-Town Pizza Styles Are Invading Chicago and We Don’t Hate It”).
161 N. Sangamon St. Website
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Bonci Pizzeria Photo: Arianna Giuntini
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3Marisol

Jason Hammel’s ingredient-driven fare at the MCA’s new restaurant is contemporary. But is it art?
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 205 E. Pearson St. Website
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Marisol Photo: Jeff Marini

4Steingold’s of Chicago

Two dollars for a bagel—without a schmear—is steep, but no one’s complaining.
1840 W. Irving Park Rd. Website
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Steingold’s of Chicago Photo: Jeff Marini
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5The Delta

Where Mississippi catfish and red-hot tamales go down easy with spiked punches and craft beers.
1745 W. North Ave. Website
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The Delta Photo: Myles Grio

6Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

Who says you can’t enjoy $80 golden osetra caviar with an old-time relish tray and Polish sausages?
2700 W. Chicago Ave. Website
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Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar Photo: Caroline Manrique
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7The Press Room

And here’s more caviar—this time in a tony wine bar with a refined modern menu. Browse pics from our night at the West Loop spot.
1134 W. Washington Blvd. Website
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The Press Room Photo: Courtesy of The Press Room

8Porter Kitchen & Deck

This indoor-outdoor spot on the river has everything from sandwiches to short-rib pappardelle.
150 N. Riverside Plz. Website
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Porter Kitchen & Deck Photo: Courtesy of Henson Consulting

9Half Acre Balmoral Taproom

Hearty roasted meats and freshly baked bread for sandwiches seem just right in a bar with 21 taps. Check out photos of the Lincoln Square bar.
2050 W. Balmoral Ave. Website
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Half Acre Balmoral Taproom Photo: Half Acre/Nick Robins

10Nella Pizza e Pasta

Pizza goddess Nella Grassano added pasta to her repertoire and moved the whole shebang to Hyde Park.
1125 E. 55th St. Website
Nella Pizza e Pasta Photo: Courtesy of Nella Pizza e Pasta
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