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The Hot List

For October 2015

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

1Bar Siena

If headlining The Hot List and The Liquid Hot List is a form of double-dipping, so be it.
832 W. Randolph St., 312-492-7775 Website

Related: Browse photos of the West Loop bar on Seen on the Scene.
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Bar Siena Photo: Abel Uribe

2The Halal Guys

Division Street hasn’t been this busy since the filming of About Last Night . . .
49 W. Division St., 312-877-5575 Website
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The Halal Guys Photo: Courtesy of The Halal Guys
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3Johnny’s Grill

A cheffy version of Logan Square’s revived greasy spoon. Read: No longer dirt-cheap.
2545 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-278-2215

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

4Buzz Bait Taqueria

Marc Malnati (Lou Malnati’s) and Giulia Sindler (Kamehachi) spawn a love child.
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
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5Ixcateco Grill

Between his BYO policy and two-day mole process, Anselmo Ramirez has gained mayoral status in Albany Park.
3402 W. Montrose Ave., 773-539-5887 Website
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Ixcateco Grill Photo: Courtesy of Ixcateco Grill

6Wildwood Tavern

Myron & Phil fans: The phoenix rose from the ashes, moved to Niles, and got a new ID.
6480 W. Touhy Ave., Niles, 847-677-6663
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Wildwood Tavern Photo: Courtesy of Wildwood Tavern
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7Bar Toma

Gold Coasters ignore really silly names—Not Mushroom for Improvement—and score really bold pizza.
110 E. Pearson St., 312-266-3110 Website

Related: Browse photos of their cannoli, baccalà carpaccio salad, a mozzarella tasting, and other goodies on What Penny Eats.
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Bar Toma Photo: Courtesy of Bar Toma

8Small Cheval

Au Cheval’s sib boasts a seriously small menu: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries.
1732 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website
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Small Cheval Photo: Courtesy of Small Cheval

9Cherry Circle Room

The perfect place to chill after the scene at Cindy’s, a rooftop bar in the same building.
CAA Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-792-3515 Website

Related: Read more about the Michigan Avenue restaurant in our review.
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Cherry Circle Room Photo: Clayton Hauck

10Bernie’s

Why a deli name for a Mediterranean-inspired resto?
660 N. Orleans St., 312-624-9892 Website
Bernie’s Photo: Brian Nguyen/Chicago Tribune
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