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The Hot List

For November 2020

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

1Pizza Lobo

What:Miss Bad Hunter? Heisler Hospitality got the band back together for this New York–style pizza joint.
Why:The smoked provolone and ’nduja pie will get you in the door, and the Caesar wedge with tempura boquerónes will keep you coming back.
Where:3000 W. Fullerton Ave., Logan Square Website
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Chicago restaurant Pizza Lobo Photo: Wade McElroy

2Testaccio

What:The latest from Osteria Langhe’s owner, who was inspired by the storied Roman neighborhood
Why:The lamb skewers with labneh will expand your definition of Italian food.
Where:2456 N. California Ave., Logan Square Website
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Testaccio Photo: Tim McCoy
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3Beard Papa’s

What:The cult-favorite Japanese cream puffs are back after an eight-year hiatus.
Why:There’s a puff for everyone, whether your tastes run to strawberry-matcha or Oreo–pumpkin spice.
Where:1924 W. North Ave., Bucktown Website
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Beard Papa’s Photo: Greg Cahill

4Vermilion

What:The contemporary Indian spot relaunched this year, with a fresh design and new Latin-tinged fare.
Why:A happy hour with unlimited chaat and spiced sangria is a great opening act for a bowl of Kerala chile mussels in coconut broth.
Where:10 W. Hubbard St., Near North Side Website
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Vermilion Photo: Rachel Bires
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5Schweet Cheesecake

What:A new location and menu from the cheesecake slinger
Why:Can’t decide between the chocolate chip and bourbon? These cheesecakes are so airy you can get both.
Where:5248 W. Chicago Ave., South Austin Website
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Schweet Cheesecake Photo: Camille Weddington

6Rubi’s Tacos

What:With Maxwell Street Market closed, the taco darling is popping up Sundays at Casa Indigo.
Why:Get your hands on the beloved mole rojo quesadillas and nopales tacos once again.
Where:1314 W. 18th St., Pilsen Website
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Rubi’s Tacos Photo: Evelyn Ramirez Landa
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7Cleo’s Southern Cuisine

What:Soulful Southern-Creole classics served to go each weekend
Why:Meet the Flyover: fried catfish topped with crab and rémoulade, plus wings, a honey butter corn muffin, and sides like pineapple sweet potatoes.
Where:4248 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Bronzeville Website
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Cleo’s Southern Cuisine Photo: Kristen Harper

8Coda di Volpe

What:A new chef at the Italian fave turns up undersung dishes.
Why:Thank Gerad Gobel for the gelatowich, a Sicilian breakfast (we’ll have to settle for it as dessert).
Where:3335 N. Southport Ave., Lake View Website
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Coda di Volpe Photo: Bethany Fritz

9Moody Tongue Smoked Meats

What:To-go barbecue from the high-end beer spot
Why:Load up on brisket, pulled pork, and bacon potato salad — plus growlers of Frozen Banana hefeweizen.
Where:2515 S. Wabash Ave., Bronzeville Website
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Moody Tongue Smoked Meats Photo: Jordan Balderas

10Bianca’s Burgers

What:A virtual burger joint that serves twists on classic American dishes
Why:Score a hard-to-find NYC snack: the chopped cheese, a burger and Philly cheesesteak mash-up.
Where:3220 W. Grand Ave., Humboldt Park
Bianca’s Burgers Photo: Matt Mitrick
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