With new restaurants opening seemingly every day, how are you supposed to keep track of them all? We’ve rounded up some of the most notable Chicago openings of the past few months, so you can better focus your dining energies.

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800 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL
(312) 957-0000
Mon – Sun, 6 am – 10:30 pm

Located in the Essex Inn, Tribute offers classic American favorites with an edge. Helmed by Executive Chef Jared Case, Tribute offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with a lounge for grabbing a post-work bite. Dishes are prepared with local and sustainable ingredients, and you’ll find starters like fried chicken salad and lobster mac and cheese; entrees like grilled BBQ salmon and yankee pot roast, along with a selection of beer and wine (yes, wine) on tap.

Tribute’s mac and cheese is a must-try. For more cheesy goodness, check out 7 Different Ways to Eat Mac and Cheese.

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Roka Akor

111 W. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL
(312) 477-7652
Dinner hours: Sun – Wed 5 pm – 11 pm; Thurs – Sat 5 pm – 12 am
Lounge hours: Sun – Wed 4 pm – 1 am; Thurs – Fri 4 pm – 2 am; Sat 4 pm – 3 am

Named one of the Top 10 Sushi Spots in the U.S. by Bon Appétit, Roka Akor got its start in Phoenix. New to the Windy City, the sushi and robata spot is already proving a solid place for fresh sushi and grilled items. Perch at the robata bar and try grilled steaks, seafood, or veggies, while sipping on something from the massive sake list. Sushi comes in nigiri or maki versions, and you can also sample tempura and other cooked Japanese dishes.

From fresh seafood to savory miso soup, we’ve got more Japanese Restaurants to try.

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Jin Thai Cuisine

5458 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL
(773) 681-0555
Mon – Thurs 10 am – 11 pm; Fri – Sat 11 am – 10:30 pm; Sun 11 am – 9:30 pm

Chicago has a slew of solid Thai restaurants, and now Thai aficionados can add one more to the list. Jin Thai Cuisine, located in Edgewater, offers an array of classics (pad Thai, curries) mixed in with chive dumplings; a Thai crepe stuffed with shrimp, tofu, coconut, and cucumber; and chicken roasted with Thai herbs. A solid lunch special (an appetizer and entrée) for $6.95 to $8.95 is an affordable way to satisfy spice cravings.

Got a hankering for Thai? Also check out our picks for Best Thai Food in Chicago.

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2601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL
(773) 292-9463
Mon – Fri 5 pm – 2 am; Sat 5 pm – 3 am; Sun 5 pm – 2 am

The sophisticated menu at Logan Square wine bar Telegraph is worth writing home about. Begin with a tartine, like one made with sardines, tomatoes, and hard-boiled egg, before moving onto sweetbreads with bucatini pasta, grilled lamb with oysters, or grilled chicken with fried lemons. The wine list features vinos available by the bottle or glass, and you can also sip beer or liquor.

More vino for you. Here are five more suggestions for Chicago Wine Bars.

Not convinced? Check out our gallery of these new restaurants and more to see how nice they really are!
Amy Cavanaugh, CBS Chicago