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The Hot List

For August 2018

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

1Pacific Standard Time

What:A café on California time
Why:Because even the pita bread—a pillowy, puffy carbohydrate cloud—is worth turning your clock back for.
Where:141 W. Erie St., River North Website
Pacific Standard Time Photo: Jeff Marini


What:Heartfelt, haute Korean-slash-Italian
Why:Where else are you going to get galbi short ribs for dinner and biscotti for dessert?
Read more about the Andersonville eatery.
Where:5420 N. Clark St., Andersonville Website
Passerotto Photo: Miste Nguyen
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3Lost Larson

What:A neighborhood bakery from a guy with three Michelin stars
Why:The bread is baked daily, which gives you an excuse to go back for a fresh croissant daily, too.
Where:5318 N. Clark St., Andersonville Website
Lost Larson Photo: Jeff Marini


What:The spouse of the modern Israeli spot Ema
Why:Two words: that patio. (See “It Always Feels Like Summer at Aba.”)
Where:302 N. Green St., West Loop Website
Aba Photo: Jeff Marini
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5Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

What:A bit of New Orleans in Wicker Park
Why:Chef and NOLA native Brian Jupiter isn’t afraid of a gator sausage po’ boy.
Find out more about this New Orleans–style restaurant.
Where:1415 N. Wood St., Wicker Park Website
Chicago restaurant Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods Photo: Courtesy of Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

6Wells Street Market

What:Another massive food hall for office lunchers
Why:A Tempesta Market sandwich for lunch on Monday, a gyro from Jimmy Bannos Jr. of the Purple Pig on Tuesday … It’s gonna be a good week.
Discover this new go-to Loop lunch spot.
Where:205 W. Wacker Dr., Loop Website
Wells Street Market Photo: Marcin Cymmer
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What:An Italian-Jewish deli
Why:The world’s two best grandma-food traditions rolled into one—think matzo ball soup and meatballs in red sauce.
Where:4042 N. Milwaukee Ave., Portage Park Website
Frunchroom Photo: Courtesy of Frunchroom


What:Extra-fast fast-casual Indian
Why:Paneer saag, samosas, and a mango lassi for less than $20: the new Extra Value Meal.
Where:1258 W. Jackson Blvd., Near West Side Website
Tikkawala Photo: Courtesy of Tikkawala


What:Eataly does beachy seafood
Why:The Italian food emporium brings some serious Amalfi Coast vibes with whole grilled fish and Aperol spritzes.
Where:43 E. Ohio St., River North Website
Sabbia Photo: Courtesy of Sabbia

10Boxcar Betty’s

What:A Charleston fried-chicken import
Why:The chicken sandwich comes topped with pimiento cheese and peach slaw.
Where:500 W. Madison St., West Loop Website
Boxcar Betty’s Photo: Courtesy of Boxcar Betty’s
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