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The Hot List: 10 places everyone’s talking about and dining at in June in order of heat

Chicago’s most-buzzed-about restaurants this month

Doughnut Vault
Opening array at The Doughnut Vault

NEXT Everyone is bitching about Next’s frustrating ticket plan—but no one is complaining about the food. 953 W. Fulton Market; 312-226-0858

GT FISH & OYSTER “Men and fish are alike,” reads a quote on GT’s wall. “They get into trouble when they open their mouths.” In that case, several hundred people every night are in deep here. 531 N. Wells St.; 312-929-3501

PARIS CLUB River North falls hard for “modern French,” which apparently means subway-tile walls, wine on tap, Mason jars, and apple strudel. 59 W. Hubbard St.; 312-595-0800 More on Paris Club »

FISH BAR If this breezy spot is packed, you can take your lobster roll next door and eat it at DMK, which is also packed. 2956 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-687-8177

THE DOUGHNUT VAULT It’s six doughnuts to a customer, so if you need more than half a dozen, bring a friend or plan on cutting a deal with someone in line. 401 N. Franklin St.

MAUDE’S LIQUOR BAR We thought wait-listing was reserved for airlines and colleges. 840 W. Randolph St.; 312-243-9712 The Chaser Amalie Drury’s night out at Maude’s »

BITE CAFE It’s the kind of charming little BYO where you go through the kitchen to get to the bathroom. 1039 N. Western Ave.; 773-395-2483 Browse photos of Bite Cafe’s garlic chicken, among other delicious dishes, in our dining editor’s photo-blog, What Penny Eats.

ANTICO Living proof in Bucktown that a one-page menu—with no small plates in sight—can jam a room night after night. 1946 N. Leavitt St.; 773-489-4895

BURGER BOSS Hand-cut fries and free Wi-Fi? Dangerous combination. 7512 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park; 708-452-7288

ING Homaro Cantu’s miracle berry meals hold their own next door to Next. A miracle indeed. 951 W. Fulton Market; 855-834-6464. Read our review »


Photograph: ESTHER KANG


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