1 / 10 HONEY BUTTER FRIED CHICKEN During its first three days of business, HBFC went through 2,350 pieces of chicken. Case closed. 3361 N. Elston Ave., 773-478-4000Photo: Courtesy of Honey Butter Fried Chicken 2 / 10 DILLMAN’S The endless debate—is it or isn’t it a deli?—has overshadowed the real question: How’s the matzo ball soup? 354 W. Hubbard St., 312-988-0078Photo: Courtesy of Dillman’s 3 / 10 TANTA CHICAGO The menu says that the Cantonese brought their food to Peru in the 1800s; hence, pork fried rice, shrimp tortilla, and spicy garlic. River North can’t resist a mash-up. 118 W. Grand Ave., 312-222-9700Photo: Anjali M. Pinto 4 / 10 JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS Jeni Britton Bauer opened an outpost of her Columbus, Ohio, legend in Chicago because she loves this city. The feeling is mutual. 3404 N. Southport Ave., 773-348-7139 Related: Read an interview with the owner of Jeni’s Splendid Ice CreamsPhoto: Courtesy of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams 5 / 10 RESTAURANT BEATRIX Rich Melman claims this is the one with all his favorite foods. He’s not alone. 519 N. Clark St., 312-284-1377 Related: Browse pics of Restaurant Beatrix’s roast chicken sandwich, chocolate chunk cookie, and other goodies on our photo blog What Penny EatsPhoto: Courtesy of Restaurant Beatrix 6 / 10 JUNO Complain all you want about the prices, but no one’s knocking the sushi. 2638 N. Lincoln Ave., 872-206-8662 Related: Read our reviewPhoto: Anna Knott 7 / 10 HOMEGROWN CAFE Chalkboard has been wiped clean, and now Gilbert Langlois has written a brunchy charmer into the neighborhood space. 4343 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-477-7144Photo: Ratko Radojcic 8 / 10 THE BENTLEY TAVERN Everyone loves a restaurant named after the owner’s dog—for a few years at least. 2834 N. Southport Ave., 773-477-2283Photo: Courtesy of The Bentley Tavern 9 / 10 COUNTY BARBEQUE Rumor has it that the folks in Little Italy are terrified the word will get out. Too late. 1352 W. Taylor St., 312-929-2528 Related: Read our story on County BarbequePhoto: Courtesy of County Barbeque 10 / 10 TRAVELLE Tim Graham’s menu, which swims all over the Mediterranean, includes “seacuterie”—emphasis on “cute.” The Langham Chicago, 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-9988Photo: Mike Schwartz Here Are the 10 Hottest Restaurants in Chicago The Bentley Tavern, Travelle, and more places everyone’s talking about (and dining at) in November. By Penny Pollack and Jeff Ruby November 5, 2013, 10:02 am Related content The Liquid Hot List October 2013 Hot List Best New Restaurants 2013 Click the thumbnails below to launch the gallery.