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7 More Chicago Restaurants Openings To Check Out

Try some poke and revisit two seasonal spots ready for the spring

Aloha Poke Co.
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

WEST LOOP— Aloha Poke Co. has started the invasion of poke concepts in Chicago. Former Bedford GM Zach Friedlander is serving up bowls full of Hawaiian and Southeast Asian flavors topped with about a half dozen sauces. Status: Certified open, Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St.

PILSEN— Yvolina's Tamales aim to satisfy carnivores, vegetarians and vegans in Pilsen. Their handmade tamales come in a variety of configurations. Status: Certified open, 814 W. 18th St.

SOUTH LOOP— Frite Street has made their move and have reopened in the South Loop. They've moved from Avondale and will sling sliders and fries in their new location. Status: Certified open, 400 S. Financial Place.

OLD TOWN— A former dress shop on Wells Street in Old Town has been turned into a bacon and doughnut wonderland. Doodle's Doughnuts offers homemade doughnuts, gourmet bacon and Metropolis coffee. Status: Certified open, 1419 N. Wells St.


[Photo: Ashok Selvam]

LOGAN SQUARE— In more transformation news, Mezcaleria Las Flores is open inside a former Logan Square flower shop. The companion mezcal bar to Johnny's Grill wants to transport guests from Chicago to Mexico. Status: Certified open, 3149 W. Logan Blvd.

Mezacaleria Flores

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BRIDGEPORT— For the 28th year, Morrie O'Malley's has reopened their hot dog stand for the warmer months, according to DNAinfo. Go on and get those Vienna beef sausages and cheese fries. Status: Certified open, 3501 S. Union Ave.

ROSCOE VILLAGE— Another sign of spring is upon Chicago, as lovers of sweets should be excited that Scooter's Frozen Custard has reopened. They re-opened for the season on Friday. Status: Certified open, 1658 W. Belmont Ave.

Aloha Poke Co.

50 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, , DC 20002 (202) 863-0405 Visit Website

Scooter's Frozen Custard

1658 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 244-6415 Visit Website

Johnny's Grill

2545 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647 (773) 278-2215

Chicago French Market

131 North Clinton Street, , IL 60661 (312) 575-0306 Visit Website

Morrie O'Malley's Hot Dogs

3501 South Union Avenue, , IL 60609 (773) 247-2700 Visit Website