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The January Hit List: Bavette’s, Monteverde, Valedor and More


2024 is officially here, and as everyone recovers from their holiday parties and tries to maintain resolutions (meal prepping, dry January, etc.), we’ve hit what you might call the restaurant doldrums.

But that’s actually good news for you, Chicago: It’s a perfect time to grab those hard-to-get reservations, to pop into a spot that’s been too busy to try, or start knocking the city’s most iconic restaurants off your culinary bucket list. Whether you’re craving rib-sticking barbecue, creative tacos, a tavern-style pie, or a James Beard award-winning bowl of pasta, take advantage of the slower weeks ahead (before everyone else does, too). Our latest Resy Hit List has captured some of the city’s most essential restaurants, to enjoy now and revisit throughout the year.