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The Hot List

For September 2019

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

1Superkhana International

What:Gleefully cheeky Indian
Why:Three words: butter chicken calzone
Find out more about the Logan Square spot.
Where:3059 W. Diversey Ave., Logan Square Website
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Superkhana International Photo: Belen Aquino

2St. Clair Supper Club

What:A three-star spot’s cheesehead cousin
Why:Because aren’t you a little bit curious to see how the Alinea Group does prime rib?
Where:951 W. Fulton Market, West Loop Website
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St. Clair Supper Club Photo: Allen Hemberger
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3Pizzeria Portofino

What:A portal to the Italian Riviera on the banks of the Chicago River
Why:You can dock your boat in front of the restaurant and a server will bring a seafood feast to your deck.
Where:317 N. Clark St., River North Website
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Pizzeria Portofino Photo: Melissa Hom

4Mozzarella Store, Pizza and Caffe

What:The name pretty much says it all.
Why:An Indiana-based dairy farm serves its freshly made cheese on just about everything, from pies to panini.
Where:822 N. Michigan Ave., Gold Coast Website
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Mozzarella Store, Pizza and Caffe Photo: Kristen Mendiola
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5Wherewithall

What:Parachute’s little sis
Why:Non-Avondalers already had one neighborhood restaurant to be jealous of. Now they have two.
Where:3472 N. Elston Ave., Avondale Website
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Wherewithall Photo: Cory Dewald

6Amaru

What:South American fare from Carnivale’s longtime chef
Why:Bucktown may have everything else, but until now it didn’t have Argentine-style skirt steak.
Read more about chef Rodolfo Cuadros’s new restaurant.
Where:1904 W. North Ave. Website
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Amaru Photo: Lori Sapio
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7Dirty Root

What:Paleo-, keto-, and lunch-break-friendly bowls
Why:Great news, gluten avoiders! Nary a molecule of the stuff can be found in this fast-casual spot.
Where:939 W. Randolph St., West Loop
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Dirty Root Photo: Sandy Noto

8Perilla

What:Two second-generation Korean Americans reinterpret their family recipes.
Why:Here, the ever-popular side of cheese corn gets twisted into a kind of East Asian elote.
Where:401 N. Milwaukee Ave., West Town Website
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Perilla Photo: Daniel Kwon

9Fuel Space

What:Exactly what you would imagine a restaurant inside of a Lululemon store to be
Why:Ate one too many chia bowls? Buy some stretchy pants to wear home.
Where:944 W. North Ave., Lincoln Park Website
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Fuel Space Photo: Courtesy of Lululemon

10The Whale

What:A Vegas-themed lounge plopped along the Hipster Highway
Why:Despite the high-roller name, the place doubled down on crowd-pleasing pub food like burgers and wings.
Where:2427 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square Website
The Whale Photo: Joe Noel
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