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Sizzlin' Sups

July 11, 2016
Hottest New... Restos

When it comes to lip-smacking tuck, you’re positively spoilt for choice in Chi-town. We’ve loved the recent likes of Roister, Duck Duck Goat, Monteverde and Maple & Ash, but there are a few more hot newbies that have us seeking sation salvation. Waddle this way...

Beacon Tavern is local restaurateur-du-jour Billy Lawless’ newest venture which is blue-collar Americana right down to the khaki and plaid-centric fit-out. The menu is seaward-inclined with a raw bar, oysters and dishes of Atlantic salmon and Vermouth and saffron soaked mussels. Finish with an Old Fashioned in one of the velvet-lined booths and channel smouldering Don Draper.

There’s more local flaves at Honey’s, where New American meets Parisian brasserie with rotisserie cooking from a wood-fired hearth. Illuminated by two skylights, the Euro-goes-Stateside vibe continues with swank and styley interiors from fash creative Virgil Abloh in the stone-floored bar-lounge and woody, white tableclothed dining digs.

Go south of the border at Rick Bayless’ fiery dual concept on Randolph Row. First is the Baja seafood-inspired eatery and mezcal perch Leña Brava; combining ceviche and chargrilling with popping playa flavour in industri-sleek surrounds, she’s perma-booked-out. Then there’s relaxed sib Cruz Blanca, a brewery and taqueria with a house ale list that celebrates the colonial influences in Mexico City. Brews are pulled from Aztec-kitsch taps, and are perfectly soaked up by the smoke-kissed, build-your-own taquero fixings.  

For more festi-Mexi morsels there is also Dos Urban Cantina. Logan Square is saturated with many of Chicago's best mom-and-pop Mexican diners, but the neighborhood hasn't seen one quite so creative before. Adios to greasy burritos; here, they dish up refined and elegantly reworked classics, plus a Sunday brunch, and a dedicated dessert chef makes more than just flan, Fran.

Just as hot, but a little more haute, is Oriole, the first incarnation from former Senza chef Noah Sandoval. The all-star cast behind this eatelier has helped to usher in a new age of Chicago fine dining since opening on a side street in the West Loop. It's a small restaurant, with few seats and a lengthy, artful tasting menu that spans surf and turf. Dig in!

Beacon Tavern / 405 N Wabash Ave / Near North Side / +1 312 955 4226 / lunch & dinner daily /

Leña Brava / 900 W Randolph St / West Loop / +1 312 733 1975 / dinner daily /

Cruz Blanca Cervecería / 904 W Randolph St / West Loop / +1 312 733 1975 / lunch & dinner daily /

Honey’s / 111 W Lake St / West Loop / +1 312 877 5929 / dinner Mon-Sat /

Dos Urban Cantina / 2829 W Armitage Ave / Logan Square / +1 773 661 6452 / dinner daily, brunch Sun /

Oriole / 661 W Walnut St / West Loop / +1 312 877 5339 / dinner Tue-Sat /