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Second Generation

Casual spot Mini Mott in Logan Square used to be our go-to burger place whenever we couldn’t make the 7pm burger-ordering deadline at their sister restaurant Mott Street. Now, they’ve reconcepted into Second Generation, a warmly lit, sit-down restaurant serving a variety of Asian-inspired dishes. And before everyone freaks out, the burger is still on the menu—but there are also some exciting newcomers.

Like the meaty misoyaki eggplant with oyster mushrooms on sourdough bread, topped with rich hoisin, miso butter, and a gooey onsen egg. We also like their charred octopus which has a great mixture of umami, sweet, and nutty flavors from fermented black soybean, grapes, and chickpeas. The tables in their narrow space are pretty close together (so this probably isn’t the best time to divulge any secrets about the moon landing) but the cozy atmosphere works well for a date night or a catch-up meal with a small group.

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