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The Hot List

For October 2020

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


What:Oriole alums Genie Kwon and Tim Flores serve their takes on Filipino favorites, plus baked goods.
Why:They’ve got a serious all-day breakfast plate with tocino, garlic fried rice, and pickled green papaya, and a ham and raclette Danish.
Where:1001 N. Winchester Ave., East Ukrainian Village Website
Kasama Photo: Tim Fores

2Daisies Market

What:A gourmet shop inside the Midwest-Italian restaurant
Why:Where else are you going to stock up on tinned sturgeon, local shishito peppers, and housemade onion dip?
Where:2523 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square Website
Daisies Market Photo: Ryan Gorey
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3Five Squared Pizza

What:The former food truck, now offering Friday night Detroit-style pizza delivery
Why:Start your weekend with spinach-artichoke or cheesesteak-topped slices.
Where:Order via Instagram at @fivesquaredfoodtruck
Five Squared Pizza Photo: @chicagofooddork

4Flour Power

What:Fresh pastas hand-made by a couple of Schwa vets
Why:Pick up a meal kit and master bucatini all’amatriciana without cracking open a cookbook.
Where:1642 W. Chicago Ave., East Ukrainian Village Website
Flour Power Photo: Barry Brecheisen
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5BLVD Steakhouse

What:The glitzy restaurant is back, now as a steakhouse.
Why:Go big for your next takeout date night with shrimp cocktail and horseradish panna cotta — or go even bigger and get the $160 seafood tower (some assembly required).
Where:817 W. Lake St., West Loop Website
BLVD Steakhouse Photo: Anthony Tahlier

6Robert et Fils

What:Rob Shaner pays homage to his Francophile father with classic French carryout.
Why:Roasted chicken with preserved lemon stuffing and olives sorts out Sunday dinner nicely.
Where:4229 N. Lincoln Ave., North Center Website
Robert et Fils Photo: Lena Jackson
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7MeLatte Coffee Shop

What:Come for the caffeine buzz, stay for the empanadas.
Why:Ever tried an empanada with pineapple and cheese? Or one with red mole and chicken? Now you can.
Where:3304 W. Fullerton Ave., Logan Square
Chicago restaurant MeLatte Coffee Shop Photo: Charles Young

8A Taste of the Philippines

What:A farmers’ market stand lands permanent digs at the French Market.
Why:With ube waffles and longaniza Scotch eggs, Kathy Vega Hardy interprets “Filipino” liberally.
Where:131 N. Clinton St., West Loop Website
A Taste of the Philippines Photo: Pooja Naik

9The Bristol

What:The Bucktown stalwart, now with a new menu and chef
Why:Larry Feldmeier brings underrated cred from his time at the Albert, plus dishes like pastrami beef cheek with sourdough sauce.
Where:2152 N. Damen Ave. Website
The Bristol Photo: Neil Burger

10Krispy Rice

What:Delivery and carryout sushi boxes from an L.A. import
Why:Try the grilled rice nigiri with spicy tuna, but not before snapping the bright pink illustrated box for the ’gram.
Where:945 W. Randolph St., West Loop
Krispy Rice Photo: Courtesy of Krispy Rice
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