1 / 10 What:A rollicking wine bar inspired by España Why:If you order it by the shareable porrón, it’s perfectly OK to pour txakoli directly into your mouth here. Browse photos of our visit to the River North spot. Where:441 N. Clark St., River North WebsitePhoto: Peter Ranvestel 2 / 10 What:A Filipino restaurant by way of Cuba — or vice versa, we’re not sure. Why:Because where else can dinner be lumpia Shanghai and ropa vieja? Where:1810 W. Montrose Ave., Ravenswood WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Bayan Ko 3 / 10 What:Korea’s preeminent fried chicken chain continues its expansion. Why:KFC isn’t just Colonel Sanders anymore. Where:1732 W. Division St., Wicker Park WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Bonchon Wicker Park 4 / 10 What:Authentic French food, right down to the housemade beurre Why:In the depths of a Chicago winter, a bowl of bouillabaisse may be the closest you’ll get to the Mediterranean. Where:2301 W. Roscoe St., Roscoe Village WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Le Sud 5 / 10 What:A steakhouse that doesn’t take itself too seriously Why:Beef Wellington by the slice is the bar food you didn’t know you craved. Where:Hotel Julian, 168 N. Michigan Ave., Loop WebsitePhoto: Kailley Lindman 6 / 10 What:A bookstore-slash-boozy-dessert-purveyor Why:The pastry wizard behind Fabiana’s Bakery has branched out into the literature and alcohol-infused-cupcake scene. Check out photos of the bar and restaurant. Where:1644 E. 53rd St., Hyde Park WebsitePhoto: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune 7 / 10 What:A rooftop bar that — gasp! — isn’t in the middle of downtown Why:See the South Loop from 22 floors up while sipping a mezcal and chili cocktail. View pics of our night at this swanky bar. Where:Hilton Garden Inn, 133 E. Cermak Rd., South Loop WebsitePhoto: Peter Ranvestel 8 / 10 What:Veg-friendly brunch fare Why:All the soy chorizo a person could want. Where:2100 W. Roscoe St., Roscoe Village WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Lucy’s Cafe 9 / 10 What:A college town fave (by way of East Lansing) that has made a Midwestern expansion Why:Who doesn’t want a Tater Tot wrap at 1 in the morning? Where:1422 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Conrad’s Grill 10 / 10 What:Taps and tacos Why:It’s time the northern burbs got a noteworthy brewpub. Where:582 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park WebsitePhoto: Courtesy of Ravinia Brewing Co. The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now From Bayan Ko to Bibliophile, the most buzzed-about restaurants in December By Carrie Schedler November 30, 2018, 11:08 am See the Hot List for previous months here.