1 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Jeff Marini 2 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Miste Nguyen 3 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Jeff Marini 4 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Jeff Marini 5 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods 6 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Marcin Cymmer 7 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Frunchroom 8 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Tikkawala 9 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Sabbia 10 / 10 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 WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Boxcar Betty’s The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now Chicago’s most buzzed-about restaurants in August By Carrie Schedler August 1, 2018, 12:25 pm See the Hot List for previous months here.