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The Hot List

For March 2019

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

1Kumiko

What:A bar for the Michelin obsessed
Why:When star bartender Julia Momose teams up with the Oriole crew, sake-fueled sparks fly.
Find out more about the new West Loop spot.
Where:630 W. Lake St., West Loop Website
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Kumiko Photo: Jeff Marini

2Landbirds

What:Scarfable Korean-style chicken wings
Why:Few things wouldn’t be improved by a coating of Landbirds’ signature sweet-hot sauce.
Where:2532 N. California Ave., Logan Square Website
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Landbirds Photo: Kristan Lieb/Chicago Tribune
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3Egg-O-Holic

What:Well, what do you think they serve?
Why:A menu of Indian street eats with ova aplenty.
Where:833 W. Chicago Ave., River West Website
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Egg-O-Holic Photo: Courtesy of Egg-O-Holic

4Twisted Hippo

What:Off-kilter brews and bites
Why:Would you like a beet ale to go with your corn dog?
Browse photos of the Albany Park brewery.
Where:2925 W. Montrose Ave., Albany Park Website
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Twisted Hippo Photo: Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune
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5Fancy Plants Cafe

What:Breakfast, minus animal products
Why:No pigs or cows were harmed in the making of your “bacon” and “cheese” scone.
Where:613 W. Briar Pl., Lake View Website
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Fancy Plants Cafe Photo: Courtesy of Fancy Plants Cafe

6Middle Brow Bungalow

What:A brewpub that happens to open at 7 a.m.
Why:Carbo-loading: IPA pints, housemade bread, and pizzas, all in one place
Where:2840 W. Armitage Ave., Logan Square Website
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Middle Brow Bungalow Photo: Alexa Viscius
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7Carol’s Pub

What:The drunkest honky-tonk in the city
Why:Two years after its unexpected closure, Carol’s lives to do-si-do another day.
Check out pics from our visit to the Sheridan Park dive bar.
Where:4659 N. Clark St., Uptown Website
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Carol’s Pub Photo: Peter Ranvestel

8Chez Benoit Bistro

What:Highland Park’s own portal to Paris
Why:You know a place is seriously French when its signature dish is quenelles de brochet (essentially, delicate pillows of seafood).
Where:455 Central Ave., Highland Park Website
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Chez Benoit Bistro Photo: Brian Von Briggs

9The Hyde

What:Hyde Park’s first (and only) modern-day speakeasy
Why:A posted sign at the entrance cheekily announces bans on excessive phone use, Cubs fans, and Trump supporters.
Where:5121 S. Harper Ave., Hyde Park Website
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The Hyde Photo: Courtesy of The Hyde

10Cousins Subs

What:Sandwiches from that state up north
Why:Because a 15-inch meatball sub can cure even the worst workday blues.
Where:120 W. Madison St., Loop Website
Cousins Subs Photo: Courtesy of Cousins Subs
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