1 Don Bucio’s Taqueria
What:The latest restaurant from chef Rodolfo Cuadros (Amaru, Bloom Plant Based Kitchen), this colorful, casual spot highlights vegan Mexican fare, from guac to coconut arroz con leche.
Why:You’re probably here for the tacos and burritos, and Cuadros offers clever plant-based subs, like guajillo-braised jackfruit for barbacoa.
Where:2763 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square Website
2 GG’s Chicken Shop
What:Lee Wolen (Boka, Alla Vita) lands a permanent space for his chicken concept.
Why:Winner, winner, rotisserie chicken dinner — a bird plus sides like smashed potatoes and mac and cheese is an easy family meal.
Where:3325 N. Southport Ave., Lake View Website
What:Also joining the new Boka complex (see No. 2) is this Japanese spot from Gene Kato (Momotaro).
Why:The menu features maki, hand rolls, and — Kato’s specialty — a variety of robata, like shiitake mushrooms dressed with shiso and lemon.
Where:3325 N. Southport Ave. Website
4 Sushi by Scratch Restaurants
What:The omakase boom keeps coming, and two Michelin-starred L.A. chefs are behind the latest.
Why:They’ve brought along signature bites like hamachi nigiri decked out with corn pudding and breadcrumbs.
Where:415 N. Milwaukee Ave., West Town Website
5 Dusek’s Tavern & Dining Room
What:A big get: Big Kids’ Ryan Pfeiffer joins the Pilsen staple as culinary director.
Why:On the tavern side, opt for a Pfeiffer classic smash burger. The more upscale dining room serves a four-course menu with plates like caramelized mussels.
Where:1227 W. 18th St., Pilsen Website
6 Heavy Feather and Slippery Slope
What:After a long pandemic hiatus, the twofer from the Scofflaw group is back in action.
Why:Sip a Cadillac margarita in the retro barroom upstairs, then have a second marg while you let loose on the dance floor at the Slope.
Where:2357 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square Website
7 Crepas Culichi
What:This faux-fancy crêpe-focused restaurant moves from Berwyn and upgrades its menu.
Why:Love crêpes? From chicken tinga to pistachio-banana, you can have one for each course.
Where:1101 Lake St., Oak Park, Website
8 Pour Souls
What:Cocktail mixers sold by the ounce from bartender Tim Williams
Why:Whether you need enough five-spice old-fashioned mix to make one or 20 drinks, Williams has you.
Where:1740 W. Division St., Wicker Park Website
9 The Albion Manor
What:New chef James Menendez (Moody Tongue) freshens up the British pub.
Why:Snack on short rib sammies and beet tartare; a tasting menu arrives soon.
Where:1480 W. Webster Ave., Lincoln Park Website
What:Carlos Gaytán embarks on a journey through Mexico’s regions with monthly à la carte specials.
Why:Get schooled in the country’s diverse flavors; May focuses on dishes from Jalisco, while in June, it’s off to the central region of Bajío.
Where:720 N. State St., River North Website