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Hot Doug's - Restaurant in Avondale / Irving Park, Chicago

The unassuming neighborhoods of Avondale and Irving Park have sneaked up on Chicago’s culinary scene and are suddenly the site of some of the most buzzworthy restaurants in town. The lines outside of Kuma’s Corner and Hot Doug’s alone could stretch across town and back, and the burger and hot dog spots have inspired other creative restaurateurs to set up shop here.

The aforementioned Avondale / Irving Park restaurants, Kuma’s Corner and Hot Doug’s, have cultlike status. With its heavy metal décor and tattooed staff, Kuma’s regularly tops lists of the best burgers in…perhaps the world (some magazines think so). Meanwhile, local celebrity Doug Sohn, the “sausage king of Chicago,” proves that encased meats are not just ballpark franks. Combos of rare game (elk, rattlesnake?), gourmet toppings, and duck-fat fries ensure that the restaurant’s limited hours pull in constant droves.

Another celebrity chef, Bill Kim, opened urbanbelly, one of his Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded spots in Avondale. The communal seating and Asian barbecue have garnered this quiet stretch of pavement national attention.

The Kuma/Doug’s/belly empires have helped the neighborhood’s dining renaissance, and many cool spots have been springing up among the ubiquitous taquerias. Sleek sushi spot Umi, trendy BBQ spot Smoque, sexy tapas lounge Ñ, and upscale bistro Bread and Wine show that restaurants in Avondale and Irving Park can bring in foodies from all over the city—and it’s not about just burgers and brats anymore.

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