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The Hot List

For April 2019

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


What:Highly anticipated haute Korean
Why:Dave Park and Jennifer Tran, who won national acclaim in a suburban mall’s food court, make their city debut. (See “Who’s Got Next?”.)
Find out more about the Noble Square spot.
Where:1460 W. Chicago Ave., Noble Square Website
Jeong Photo: Hahm Visuals

2Young American

What:Goth bread and CBD cocktails
Why:We have now entered peak Logan Square.
Check out the art and browse photos of our visit to the Logan Square bar.
Where:2545 N. Kedzie Ave., Logan Square Website
Young American Photo: Nick Murway
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3The Bamboo Room

What:A ticketed tiki experience beneath Three Dots and a Dash
Why:Drink your pineapple daiquiri without any disturbance from the hoi polloi.
Where:435 N. Clark St., Near North Side Website
The Bamboo Room Photo: Jeff Marini

4Carnitas Uruapan

What:An expansion of one of the city’s finest fried-pork purveyors
Why:A significantly larger second location of this institution means you have more room to stretch out postfeast.
Where:2813 W. 55th St., Gage Park Website
Carnitas Uruapan Photo: Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune
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What:Neo-Nepalese and Indian fare
Why:Paneer-stuffed peppers are your new small-plates obsession.
Where:1329 W. Chicago Ave., West Town Website
Vajra Photo: @thenewguru

6Barton G.

What:Dining as a highly Instagrammable experience
Why:One of the desserts is a four-foot-tall ice cream cone. Bring (several) friends.
Take a look at this Florida chain’s theatrical dishes.
Where:415 N. Dearborn St., Near North Side Website
Barton G. Photo: Scott S. Clinton
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7Barangaroos Aussie Pies

What:Australian-style hand pies
Why:Fun to say, and also to eat, especially when stuffed with ground beef and cheese.

Where:3208 N. Sheffield Ave., Lake View Website
Barangaroos Aussie Pies Photo: Courtesy of Barangaroos Aussie Pies

8CH Distillery

What:A local distillery with serious civic pride
Why:It’s not new. But because of CH, Malört is finally being made in Chicago again, a feat worthy of a shot or two.
Where:564 W. Randolph St., West Loop Website
CH Distillery Photo: The DuPuis Group

9Joe’s Imports

What:A hub for global vino from the Francesca’s crew
Why:When you used to have a doughnut shop on one of the city’s hottest stretches of real estate, why not turn it into a wine bar?
Browse shots from our night at the cellar-like wine bar.
Where:813 W. Fulton Market, West Loop Website
Joe’s Imports Photo: Peter Ranvestel

10BCBC Coffee Lab & Roasters

What:A coffee shop that donates part of its proceeds to a rotating cast of charities
Why:A giant slice of milk bread brushed with honey and covered in whipped cream counts as breakfast, right?
Where:2823 N. Lincoln Ave., Lake View Website
BCBC Coffee Lab & Roasters Photo: Pradani Ratriani
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