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The Hot List

For August 2019

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

1Café Cancale

What:A bit of Brittany, courtesy of Paul Kahan and company
Why:After enough plates of oysters and clams, you’ll swear you can smell the ocean on the Milwaukee Avenue breeze.
Read more about new Wicker Park spot.
Where:1576 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park Website
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Café Cancale Photo: Marcin Cymmer

2The Purple Pig

What:The reigning king of charcuterie
Why:The Michigan Avenue magnet finally moved to a bigger space down the street. Maybe now you’ll be able to get a seat.
Where:444 N. Michigan Ave., Near North Side Website
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The Purple Pig Photo: Courtesy of The Purple Pig
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3Bad Hunter

What:Well-dressed vegetarian(ish) fare
Why:Having been felled by a fire over the winter, Bad Hunter lives to serve another veggie burger.
Where:802 W. Randolph St., West Loop Website
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Bad Hunter Photo: Really Drew

4The Licking

What:Rapper DJ Khaled’s entry into the restaurant game
Why:Business was so booming at this fried-fish spot’s first weekend that there are already plans to open … another one.
Read Larry Legend’s review of the new eatery.
Where:5045 W. Madison St., South Austin Website
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The Licking Photo: Brian Cassell/Chicago Tribune
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5Flora Fauna

What:A globetrotting dinner, without having to leave the Near North Side
Why:Two restaurant vets let their culinary curiosities roam from jackfruit dan dan noodles to elote cakes.
Where:11 W. Illinois St. Website
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Flora Fauna Photo: Anthony Tahlier

6Graze x Ingrained

What:Dairy-free smoothie bowls, meet grain-free granola.
Why:This summertime pop-up is a diet-restricted diner’s dream.
Where:108 W. Chicago Ave., River North
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Graze x Ingrained Photo: Jason Little
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7Kinton Ramen

Kinton Ramen

What:A Canadian ramen innovator makes its U.S. debut.
Why:The only thing better than a good bowl of ramen is one topped with some well-crisped fried chicken.

Where:163 N. Sangamon St., West Loop Website
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Kinton Ramen Photo: Neil Burger

8Maddon’s Post

What:The Cubs manager takes to the culinary field with help from Tony Mantuano.
Why:This spot finds the common denominator between Italian and Polish food: sausage.
Where:1119 W. Waveland Ave., Wrigleyville Website
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Maddon’s Post Photo: Matt Haas

93 Floyds Distillery

What:Spirits from Indiana’s craft beer kings
Why:If you want to see what 3 Floyds can do with liquor, you’ll have to cross the state line: You can only taste theirs at their bar.
Where:9750 Indiana Pkwy., Munster Website
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3 Floyds Distillery Photo: Lindsay Gallup

10City Hall

What:A gastropub inspired by machine politics
Why:The only place it’s OK to ask for a kickback. (It’s what they call shots here.)
Where:838 W. Kinzie St., West Loop Website
City Hall Photo: Dan Kwon
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