1 / 10 DUSEK’S A pubby farm-to-table resto opens in an 1892 Bohemian building, and it becomes the toast of Pilsen. 1227 W. 18th St., 312-526-3851 Related: Read about Dusek’s here.Photo: Courtesy of Dusek’s 2 / 10 TANTA This lively Peruvian newbie calls Leches de Tigre “the cebiche hangover cure.” Test it out after a couple of pisco sours. 118 W. Grand Ave., 312-222-9700Photo: Anjali M. Pinto 3 / 10 HONEY BUTTER FRIED CHICKEN Rain or snow, the door opens at 5 p.m. Rain or snow, the line forms at 4:30. 3361 N. Elston Ave., 773-478-4000 Related: Find out more about Honey Butter Fried Chicken here.Photo: Courtesy of Honey Butter Fried Chicken 4 / 10 BEATRIX Rich Melman let three talented chefs loose in the Lettuce test kitchen and wound up with another SRO hit in River North. 519 N. Clark St., 312-284-1377 Related: Browse pics of Beatrix’s roast chicken sandwich, chocolate chunk cookie, and other goodies on our photo blog What Penny EatsPhoto: Beth Rooney/Chicago Tribune 5 / 10 THE DAWSON Hamachi, panzanella, Mughlai curry. Yep, as American as apple pie. As popular, too. 730 W. Grand Ave., 312-243-8955 Related: Find out what the Dawson has to offer here.Photo: Patrick Fahrner Photography 6 / 10 SEASONS 52 Just say, “Nothing on our menu is over 475 calories” and the Fitbitters will come. 55 E. Grand Ave., 312-832-1752Photo: Courtesy of Seasons 52 7 / 10 TRAVELLE It takes chutzpah to open a gorgeous dining room in a landmark Mies building directly across the street from Trump Tower. Take that, Donald! The Langham Chicago, 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-9988Photo: Mike Schwartz 8 / 10 HOMEGROWN CAFE How Gilbert Langlois kept his fan base after morph-ing Chalkboard: He made chicken and waffles his signature brunch item. 4343 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-477-7144Photo: Ratko Radojcic 9 / 10 BARBAKOA In the fullness of time, Jerry Kleiner (Carnivale, Gioco, etc.) and Dudley Nieto (Zocalo, Adobo Grill, etc.) met and joined forces over modern Latin fare. 1341 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, 630-852-2333Photo: Courtesy of Barbakoa 10 / 10 DOC B’S FRESH KITCHEN Gold Coasters thought there was a law against having a normal nabe spot in their ZIP code. 100 E. Walton St., 312-626-1300Photo: Marcin Cymmer The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now Dusek’s, Tanta, and more places everyone in Chicago wants to try in December. By Penny Pollack and Jeff Ruby December 10, 2013, 10:31 am Related Content The Liquid Hot List November 2013 Hot List Best New Restaurants 2013 Click the thumbnails below to launch the gallery.