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Chicago's 10 Hottest New Restaurants

By Sarah Freeman
September 16, 2013

Does your dining routine taste a little bland? Don’t just keep hitting the same three restaurants every weekend. This year has been packed with blockbuster restaurant openings, from a controversial deli in River North to a fried chicken sanctuary on the North Side. Click through to see which spots made the list, and let us know your favorites in the comments.

  • Brindille

    Naha’s “refined Parisian” little sister is not letting fine dining go down without a fight. Leather chairs, grey tablecloths and nature-inspired art set the tone for a special-occasion dinner of elegant entrees, absinthe-driven cocktails and French wines. A meal averaging about $45 per person (without drinks) is not a bargain, but it is cheaper than a ticket to Paris.

    534 N. Clark St.; 312-595-1616

  • County

    Chef/restaurateur Michael Kornick’s latest venture takes him into the saucy world of BBQ with a small Taylor Street restaurant equipped with a big smoker. Dine on St. Louis spare ribs, veal brisket or Kansas City burnt ends in the dining room or at the bar overlooking bottles of bourbon.

    1352 W. Taylor St.; 312-929-2528

  • Dillman’s

    Brendan Sodikoff's move into the world of delicatessens had a few hiccups when diners were expecting Jewish deli cold cuts and rotisserie chicken, and Sodikoff served more refined versions with house-cured corned beef and whitefish terrine. Now the elegant restaurant with cozy leather booths and crystal chandeliers finds its stride.

    354 W. Hubbard St.; 312-988-0078

  • Photo by: Michael Kiser, Good Beer Hunting

    DryHop Brewers

    Lakeview’s only craft brewery is owned by beer expert and 30 Under 30 honoree Greg Shuff. Brewer Brant Dubovick specializes in a wide range of beers from American traditional to hoppy, Belgian to experimental. But what makes the venture truly unique is the food component. The menu, designed by executive chef Pete Repak, changes regularly to compliment the beers and seasonal ingredients.

    3155 N. Broadway; 773-857-3155

    Photo by Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting

  • Honey Butter Fried Chicken

    After over two years of anticipation, the team from Sunday Dinner Club has opened its temple to fried chicken. The Avondale restaurant serves the signature bird on a platter with corn bread and honey butter or in a sandwich with crunchy slaw and pickles. Don't skimp on the market-driven sides such as heirloom tomato salad with roasted sweet corn or pimiento mac 'n' cheese.

    3361 N. Elston Ave.; 773-478-4000

  • Juno

    Jason Chan (Urban Union) and chef B.K. Park (Arami) traveled the world sampling sushi, then partnered to open a modern sushi restaurant and bar in Lincoln Park. The restaurant is named after Park’s son, and the word also translates to “successful achievement.” It's a destination for creative reinterpretations of sushi staples such as smoked sashimi.

    2638 N. Lincoln Ave.; 872-206-8662

  • Mott St

    When the team from Ruxbin teamed up for their second location, they turned to Asian night markets for culinary and decorative inspiration. Served in the comfort of an oversized pantry adorned with woven lanterns, menu highlights include Asian-style lasagna - Napa cabbage stuffed with sticky rice and pork butt - as well as a Hangtown Fry made with scrambled eggs, pickled mushrooms and sautéed oysters served on a crispy noodle pancake.

    1401 N. Ashland Ave.; 312-200-0000

  • Parson’s Chicken & Fish

    The second project from the team behind Longman & Eagle left many on their toes about the restaurant on the corner of Humboldt Boulevard and Armitage Avenue. Now that it's open, it's an outdoor mecca for fried chicken and fish as well as a dangerously refreshing Negroni slushy. Inside, a design-forward space features booths and a full bar perfect for beer cocktails and salt cod fritters.

    2952 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-384-3333

    Photo by Clayton Hauck

  • Tanta

    Peruvian chef Gastón Acurio brings his creative cuisine to RIver North in a sleek modern restaurant infused with Latin flavor via vibrant murals. The menu is equally as vibrant, with ceviche shots and chicharrón sliders, along with pisco sours and other craft cocktails from the marble-topped bar.

    118 W. Grand Ave.; 312-222-9700

  • Three Dots and a Dash

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