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Chicago | Belly Shack
At Bill Kim's follow-up to his packed Urban Belly, the bold and quirky Asian-Latin cuisine makes plantains and Chinese fermented black beans seem like a natural combo.
Order: Somen noodles with olive-oil-poached shrimp and tortilla chips
1912 N. Western Ave., 773-252-1414; bellyshack.com
Atlanta | Abattoir
Bacchanalia chefs Anne Quatrano and Cliff Harrison pay tribute to the slaughterhouse at their new spot, and their meat-driven grub is so tasty you'll want to overdose on iron.
Order: Lamb-liver fritters with sauce meunière
1170 Howell Mill Rd., 404-892-3335; starprovisions.com
Oakland | Commis
Oakland's restaurant scene has been buzzing for a few years, but it took the high-minded yet unpretentious creations of Coi alum James Syhabout to lure serious eaters over the Bay Bridge.
Order: Roast sirloin with sous-vide short ribs and risotto-style barley
3859 Piedmont Ave., 510-653-3903; commisrestaurant.com