It must be the beginning of the month because Chicago has placed its stamp on what they deem the hottest restaurants in and around the city. Once again, the Girl & The Goat takes the top spot, and writers Jeff Ruby and Penny Pollack joke they should call the list “Girl & the Goat Plus Nine Other Places” because it has graced the top spot numerous times, month after month.
And once again, Taylor Street's Davanti Enoteca, Bucktown's Lillie's Q, Lakeview's Chizakaya and Andersonville's Dutch sensation Vincent hit the list, all with good reason. But clearly the city needs a burst of new happening spots, and if Grahamwich actually opens this month, maybe it'll make the January list.
New places that pop up in December include Edgewater's adorable m. henrietta, Del Seoul for Korean tacos, Owen & Engine for comfy English pub grub and Chicago Cut Steakhouse, where you can order wine from an iPad. The last spot on the list, Nabuki, adds a hip Asian eatery to downtown Hinsdale. So if you're heading to the western suburbs, you have a place to eat.
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