More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the ‘it’ places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change on a regular basis to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.
For the fourth edition of 2016, Latinicity, Packed, Pork & Mindy’s and Ramen Misoya come off to make room for new openings. Say hello to Stephanie Izard’s predictably jammed Duck Duck Goat, the Alinea Group’s highly anticipated casual foray Roister, Lettuce Entertain You’s trattoria il Porcellino, and downtown soup dumplings and hand-pulled noodles at Imperial Lamian.
13 Il Porcellino
Yes, Lettuce Entertain You’s revamp of Paris Club is another Italian restaurant in River North. And yes, people are snatching up reservations quickly for the homey trattoria with time-tested dishes and cocktails by renowned LA import Julian Cox.