The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Chicago Right Now – Chicago Magazine

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1 With Todo Cantina and Cocina

What:Chef Jonathan Zaragoza (Birrieria Zaragoza) and his partners JC and Edgar Castañeda (Lalo’s) set themselves apart from the family business with this homage to Mexico City’s cuisine.
Why:Zaragoza puts its twist on classics like Valentina butter wings, hot chicken tortas, and brisket and longaniza tacos.
From where:2853 N. Kedzie Ave., Logan Square website

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2 lyre

What:A breezy Fulton Market newcomer channels the Greek Isles.
Why:Santorini spritzers, lobster linguine, and hazelnut coffee tiramisù should help shake off the persistent cold weather.
From where:905 W. Fulton Market, West Loop website

good funk
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3 good funk

What:A chic new elegant wine bar from the Bonhomme Group (Mama Delia, Beatnik)
Why:Sip wines hailing from Sweden to Maryland while nibbling on bites like jamón flatbreads and foie gras panna cotta.
From where:180 N. Wacker Dr., Loop site

Owen & Motor
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4 Owen & Motor

What:Popular gastropub returns after prolonged COVID closure.
Why:You’ll need the burger, of course, but try new dishes like mashed potatoes with uni and caviar, too.
From where:2700 N. Western Ave., Logan Square website

Kong dog
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5 Kong dog

What:Glenview’s Korean Corn Dog Stand is adding a location in town.
Why:Ever wanted to try a corn dog crusted with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos or sweet potatoes? Kong Dog has you covered.
From where:1424 W. Taylor St., Little Italy site

Chicken by Blazzin B
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6 Chicken by Blazzin B

What:Jamal Williams serves spicy chicken in the Trinity Pub kitchen.
Why:Get your fried bird sandos with blazzin buffalo sauce along with pickles and slaw.
From where:5943 N. Northwest Hwy., Norwood Park site

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7 roux

What:All-Day New Orleans-Inspired Dining by Chef Charlie McKenna (Lillie’s Q)
Why:Country ham and red-eye sauce with grits is a worthy order at any hour.
From where:1055 E. 55th St., Hyde Park site

Known bakery
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8th Known bakery

What:Freshly interpreted sweet and savory treats at Pastry Chef Ashley Robinson’s (Dusek’s) Revival Food Hall
Why:Banana swirl brownies, bagels with hot Giardiniera cream cheese, and passion fruit cream donuts are (probably) not the pastries you grew up with.
From where:125 S. Clark St., Loop site

Zaza's pizzeria
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9 Zaza’s pizzeria

What:A New York-style pizza spot with cleverly loaded slices
Why:Order a bruschetta tart and Chicago-style salad with sport peppers, celery salt and poppy seed vinaigrette.
From where:3037 N. Clark St., Lake View East Site

kitchen + cocktails
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10 kitchen + cocktails

What:A Dallas Comfort Food Restaurant location lands downtown.
Why:Try the peach cobbler waffles with fried chicken by day and spiced lamb chops by night.
From where:444 N. Wabash Ave., Site Near North Side


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