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The Hot List

For September 2016

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

1Ēma

The new Mediterranean diet: fried eggplant with chickpea-miso dip.
74 W. Illinois St., 312-527-5586 Website
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Ēma Photo: Anjali Pinto

2The Bakery at Fat Rice

So it opened six months late. Relax and have a pastel de nata.
2951 W. Diversey Ave., 773-661-9544 Website
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Chicago restaurant The Bakery at Fat Rice Photo: Jeff Marini
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3Giant

This New American spot from Jason Vincent (Nightwood) is tiny. Ironic.
3209 W. Armitage Ave., 773-252-0997 Website
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Giant Photo: Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune

4Dixie

Charlie McKenna (Lillie’s Q) has a friendly reminder for Northerners: There’s more to Southern food than barbecue.
1952 N. Damen Ave., 773-688-4466 Website
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Dixie Photo: Neil Burger
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5Paulie Gee’s

The Brooklyn-born pizza joint sports two Stefano Ferrara ovens—straight outta Naples.
2451 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website
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Paulie Gee’s Photo: Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune

6Coda di Volpe

This pizzeria has a Ferrara, too. Are there more Neapolitan ovens in Chicago than in Naples?
3335 N. Southport Ave., 773-687-8568 Website
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Coda di Volpe Photo: Neil Burger
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7Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

Art Smith changed the name of Table Fifty-Two, but not the fried chicken.
52 W. Elm St., 312-573-4000 Website
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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden Photo: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune

8Pleasant House Pub

PH Bakery moves, gets a full bar, and sells even more British meat pies.
2119 S. Halsted St., 773-523-7437 Website
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Pleasant House Pub Photo: Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune

9Honey’s Hot Chicken

Nashville-style bird reaches the burbs.
1791 St. Johns Ave., Highland Park, 847-432-6300 Website
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Honey’s Hot Chicken Photo: Courtesy of Honey’s Hot Chicken

10Nosh & Booze

An American street fare pop-up. (Can you call it that if it’s going to stay for six months?)
838 W. Randolph St., 312-733-6090 Website
Nosh & Booze Photo: Victoria Kent/Chicago Tribune
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