If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Chicago, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential – although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.

We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we’ve checked out a spot, we’ll add a note if it makes it onto our Hit List.

AUGUST 2018

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Bar Ramone

This is a tapas bar in River North with pintxos, dishes like brandade and pan con tomate, and large plates like a slow-roasted pork shank.

Naoki Fried Chicken

Naoki Fried Chicken is a delivery/carry-out restaurant from the owners of Naoki, the very good sushi restaurant in Lincoln Park. You can order a half or whole fried chicken, sides like yuzu coleslaw, and even some sushi rolls.