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Where to find lamb-liver fritters, olive-oil poached shrimp, and more.


Belly Shack's Hot & Sour Soup with Hominy, Chicken, and Cilantro.

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

—JJ Goode

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