kailley lindman/thrillist
haywood tavern
goddess and the baker
courtesy of Anthony Barlich
heating and cooling pub
Scone City
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1. Hot "G" Dog 5009 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

This no-frills wiener joint has encased meats for every palate. Thanks to a Hot Doug’s vet in the kitchen, you can chow down on everything from wild boar dogs drizzled with chipotle mayo and topped with sautéed garlic and pepper jack to smoked alligator dogs. But don’t trip, purists: it has an all-beef Chicago-style dog, too.

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2. Sink | Swim 3213 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

From the good people that brought you the gin-focused Scofflaw and the dance-ready Slippery Slope, nautical-themed Sink|Swim proves its seafood game is on point with affordable yet refreshingly inspired offerings like a shrimp toast tea sandwich and monkfish liver torchon. As for the digs? Charming, with whitewashed walls, teal tufted seats, and framed ocean-themed paintings hung along the perimeter.

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3. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 923 W Weed St, Chicago, IL 60642

This New York-based franchise produces of some of the finest barbecue North of the Mason-Dixon line. Its Chicago spot is a massive, two-level storefront in Lincoln Park with special only-in-Chicago menu items like the Pork 3-Way.

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4. Haywood Tavern 2759 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

This refined yet neighborhood-y restaurant has a beer-heavy drink menu and European-influenced Midwestern tavern fare guided by Longman & Eagle vet Rodney Stanton.

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5. Amorino 838 North State St, Chicago, IL 60610

Paris-based gelato shop Amorino opened in Chicago in a sleek 22-seat storefront on State St, complete with exposed brick, crystal-encrusted light fixtures, and a vibrant gelato selection spanning some 16 varieties.

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6. The Goddess & Grocer 1127 N. State St, Chicago, IL 60610

Gourmet deli and fast-casual eatery Goddess and the Grocer returns to the Gold Coast with a State St expansion, where you can expect to find the chain’s signature made-to-order sandwiches, charcuterie, and more.

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7. Goddess and The Baker 33 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

This bakery-focused spinoff of Goddess and Groce in the Loop is called (fittingly) Goddess and the Baker, and it's built for breakfast on the go (sourdough toast with ricotta, smashed avocado, lemon, and chili flakes, anyone?), specialty coffee sipping, and afternoon gelato pick-me-ups.

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8. Taco In a Bag 4603 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

What do you get when hangover-curing food and vividly colored cartoon murals collide? A food-truck-turned-suburban-shopping-mall-transplant brought to you by two competitive eaters (Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti and Tim “Gravy” Brown). Here, you’ll score 12 creative takes on the walking taco, including The Cuban, with citrus-braised pork shoulder, Swiss cheese, crispy ham, house-made Dijonnaise, and pickles -- plus six donuts-in-a-bag offerings (horchata FTW), and elote on a stick

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9. C Chicago 20 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Boasting 8,000 square feet, a rising star chef, and a seafood-heavy menu, this sophisticated concept from the team behind Chicago Cut Steakhouse anchors itself as the neighborhood’s new "it" spot. Inventive dishes like whole, salt-baked turbot, octopus a la plancha, and Scottish salmon unilateral with smoked salmon roe, pea tendrils, and verjus vin steal the show. Meanwhile, an open, airy space, punctuated with pops of kelly green, provides the perfect backdrop for checking out the who’s who of Chicago while you dine.

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10. Heating & Cooling Pub 3530 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Referred to as “HVAC” for short, this beer hall and pizzeria has made a name for itself as a great place to hunker down pre- and post-game for craft pizzas, craft beers, and live music. The chef-driven ‘za menu features a mix of classic red and white pies along with original recipes like the “Graceland” (made with barbecued pork, pickled jalapeño, smoked gouda, and mustard sauce). Bonus: if you hate bottles, the canned beer selection extends beyond 50.

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11. Scone City 1632 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Breakfast’s most underrated British pastry has its day at this all-scones-everything bakery on Division. Chef Laurie McNamara crafts a selection of scones ranging from sweet, like cherry almond, to Hell-yes savory -- like a hotdog variation (!!!!!!!!!!) made with chunks of Niman Ranch hotdog, whole grain mustard, and poppy seeds. Eaters looking to amp their eats up even more can pick from house-made fruit jams, citrus curds, and classic clotted cream.