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The Hot List

For November 2019

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

1Tzuco

What:The triumphant return of Carlos Gaytán
Why:The Michelin-starred chef opens a tasty ode to his hometown of Huitzuco, Mexico.
Read more about the Near North Side eatery.
Where:720 N. State St., Near North Side Website
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Chicago restaurant Tzuco Photo: Diego Padilla

2Roebuck Pizza

What:Another brewery fires up some ’za.
Why:These Neapolitan-style pizzas from DryHop’s little sister go with house-brewed beers like … pizza and beer.
Where:3159 N. Broadway, Lake View East Website
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Roebuck Pizza Photo: Galdones Photography
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3Taco E

What:Grab-and-go tacos
Why:Omar Solis comes from a great taco lineage: His grandfather ran his own Bridgeport taqueria for 50 years.
Where:750 W. 33rd St., Bridgeport Website
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Taco E Photo: Audri Siminelli-Solis

4Soul Crab

What:A YouTube–famous chef does Southern-style seafood.
Why:Logan Square had a desperate shortage of deep-fried lobster tails.
Where:1904 N. Western Ave.
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Chicago restaurant Soul Crab Photo: Courtesy of Soul Crab
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5Opus

What:One of Chicago’s top caterers, Jewell Events, gets in the brick-and-mortar game.
Why:A preconcert prix fixe of American classics on CSO performance nights? Perfect harmony.
Where:65 E. Adams St., Loop
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Opus Photo: Courtesy of Opus

6Mango Mango Dessert

What:A Hong Kong–style sweets emporium
Why:Would it shock you to learn this mini-chain specializes in mango slushies, mango ice cream, and mango juice bowls?
Where:2161 S. China Pl., Chinatown Website
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Chicago restaurant Mango Mango Dessert Photo: Courtesy of Mango Mango Dessert
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7Midwest Coast Brewing Company

What:Refreshing beers from a brother-sister duo
Why:Let other places geek out on obscure sours — this IPA- and saison-slinging taproom gives the people what they want.
Where:2137 W. Walnut St., West Town Website
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Midwest Coast Brewing Company Photo: Jorge Gera

8Totto’s Market

What:The gourmet corner store of your dreams
Why:Where else can you get a muffaletta riff made with giardiniera, plus half a dozen locally brewed kombuchas?
Where:751 S. Dearborn St., Printers Row Website
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Totto’s Market Photo: Davin Youngs

9Salt Creek Tacos

What:An upscale-casual taqueria from the owner of Inovasi
Why:The tortillas are made with an exclusive masa blend from Pilsen’s El Popo Tortillas.
Where:431 Temple Ave., Highland Park Website
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Salt Creek Tacos Photo: Courtesy of Salt Creek Tacos

10Wok 'N Bao

What:Art and Tyler Mendoza prove they can do both tacos and bao.
Why:Miss the maple-sherry-gochujang wings from the closed Oak + Char? Relax, they’re back.
Where:36 N. Clinton St., West Loop Website
Wok 'N Bao Photo: Heather Talbert
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