1 / 10 RESTAURANT BEATRIX Whoever wrote the menu—Enlightened Caesar? Neatloaf? Supernatural Chopped Salad?—was obviously having fun. So is everyone else at Beatrix. 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 2 / 10 JUNO Sounds like the name of a planet. Maybe it means “world of creative sushi.” 2638 N. Lincoln Ave., 872-206-8662 RELATED: Read our review »Photo: Anna Knott 3 / 10 DILLMAN’S God help anyone who experiments with the traditional deli—even Brendan Sodikoff. 354 W. Hubbard St., 312-988-0078Photo: Courtesy of Dillman’s 4 / 10 TANTA Gastón Acurio is a legend in Peru. In River North, he’s just another chef-owner with a $3.8 million project. 118 W. Grand Ave., 312-222-9700Photo: Anjali M. Pinto 5 / 10 BURKE’S BACON BAR A form of pork in every “handwich,” followed by a bacon chocolate chip cookie: It’s like a pork belly futures convention. The James Chicago, 610 N. Rush St., 312-660-7200Photo: Ratko Radojcic 6 / 10 SMALLS SMOKE SHACK No sign, no foot traffic, tight space, unpredictable menu—yes, sir, it’s got all the pieces in place to be a hit. 4009 N. Albany Ave., 312-857-4221Photo: Courtesy of Smalls Smoke Shack 7 / 10 COUNTY BARBEQUE When pedigreed chefs like Erick Williams go downscale, you get glorious creations like a bacon-and-barbecue parfait. 1352 W. Taylor St., 312-929-2528Photo: Courtesy of County Barbeque 8 / 10 CH DISTILLERY Little-known federal law: It’s illegal to have a distillery and brewery at the same address. The crowd settles for in-house gin and vodka cocktails. 564 W. Randolph St., 312-707-8780Photo: Anna Knott 9 / 10 TRAVELLE A Miesian dining room on the second floor of a hotel seems so 1960s, but $20 cocktails and saganaki wings are pure 2013. The Langham Chicago, 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-9988Photo: Mike Schwartz 10 / 10 STANDARD MARKET GRILL If chicken tortilla soup, a Buddha bowl, and a root beer float can coexist on a single menu, why can’t we all just get along? 444 W. Fullerton Pkwy., 773-857-3080Photo: Courtesy of Standard Market Grill The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Travelle, Burke’s Bacon Bar, and Standard Market Grill join the list of the city’s most popular restaurants in October. By Penny Pollack and Jeff Ruby October 3, 2013, 2:25 pm Click the thumbnails below to launch the gallery.