WBEZ | Michelin stars http://www.wbez.org/tags/michelin-stars Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago 2013 Michelin stars: List, links, map, and burning questions http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/chicago-2013-michelin-stars-list-links-map-and-burning-questions-103808 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7556514502/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mexiquetastepork.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Jamaica-glazed pork belly by new Michelin 2013 one-star chef Carlos Gaytan of Mexique at Taste of Chicago 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F67409729&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>I don&#39;t always dine out, but when I do, I prefer a lot of restaurants that <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelinGuideCH">Michelin inspectors</a> don&#39;t &mdash; evidently.&nbsp;Which isn&#39;t to say that I don&#39;t like the new stars list, but more importantly, where are Vie and Lula?</p><p>Michelin unveiled its <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/michelin-releases-third-edition-of-its-famed-guide-to-chicagos-best-restaurants-179186341.html">Chicago 2013 stars</a> list Wednesday. Alinea is the city&#39;s only three-star <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-11-15/michelin-updates-chicago-guide-2012-94075">again</a>. The grammatically challenging restaurants graham elliot and L2O won two stars. A total of sixteen restaurants were awarded one star.&nbsp;</p><p>The upsets: <a href="https://www.nextrestaurant.com/website/faq">Next</a> has been shut out again&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.vierestaurant.com/">Vie</a> lost its one star.</p><p>So despite widespread speculation on last week&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/chicago-2013-michelin-bib-gourmands-list-links-and-map-103731">Bib Gourmand list</a>, hometown favorites <a href="http://www.aramichicago.com/">Arami</a>, <a href="http://hopleaf.com/">Hopleaf</a>, <a href="http://www.lulacafe.com/">Lula</a>, and <a href="http://perennialchicago.com/">Perennial Virant</a> did not receive any recognition in Michelin&#39;s two most notable categories this year. The stars and Bib are best known, but the guide also includes a lesser known &quot;Under $25&quot; list, for a total of 433 recommended restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs for 2013.</p><p>It&#39;s important to note that while <a href="http://www.michelintravel.com/michelin-selections/what-are-bib-gourmands/">Bib Gourmands are a defined</a> as &quot;Inspectors&#39; Favorites for Good Value&quot; and &quot;places that Michelin&#39;s esteemed inspectors would frequent themselves,&quot; Michelin stars are a travel guide, despite what they might claim. An internationally renown travel guide for sure, but a travel guide nonetheless.</p><p>I haven&#39;t dined at all the restaurants on the lists so I can&#39;t say if anyone doesn&#39;t deserve to be on them, but where are Lula and Paul Virant? And despite the fact that Next is a proven international destination restaurant, why didn&#39;t it earn any stars again? And yes, I know Michelin says it loves consistency.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/206717696X?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=206717696X&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>Michelin Guide Chicago 2013</em></a> goes on sale today in print and ebook; the iPhone&nbsp;app on November 20. The full stars list, with link and a map, below.</p><p><u><a href="http://www.michelintravel.com/michelin-selections/selecting-our-stars/"><b>Three stars</b></a></u>&nbsp;(&quot;Three stars reward exceptional cuisine where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients. Worth a special journey.&quot;)</p><p><a href="https://content.alinearestaurant.com/html/index.html">Alinea</a></p><p><strong><u><a href="http://www.michelintravel.com/michelin-selections/selecting-our-stars/">Two stars</a></u> </strong>(&quot;Two stars denote excellent cuisine, skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality. Worth a detour.&quot;)</p><p><a href="http://www.grahamelliot.com/">graham elliot</a>&nbsp;[new; up from one-star last year]</p><p><a href="http://l2orestaurant.com/">L2O</a>&nbsp;[new; up from one-star last year]</p><p><strong><u><a href="http://www.michelintravel.com/michelin-selections/selecting-our-stars/">One star</a></u> </strong>(&quot;One star indicates a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard. A good place to stop on your journey.&quot;)</p><p><a href="http://acadiachicago.com/">Acadia</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/">Blackbird</a></p><p><a href="http://www.bokachicago.com/">Boka</a></p><p><a href="http://www.everestrestaurant.com/">Everest</a></p><p><a href="http://www.goosefoot.net/">Goosefoot</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://www.longmanandeagle.com/">Longman &amp; Eagle</a></p><p><a href="http://www.mexiquechicago.com/">Mexique</a>&nbsp;[new; up from Bib Gourmand last year]</p><p><a href="http://www.motorestaurant.com/">Moto</a></p><p><a href="http://www.naha-chicago.com/">NAHA</a></p><p><a href="http://schwarestaurant.com/">Schwa</a></p><p><a href="http://www.sepiachicago.com/">Sepia</a>&nbsp;[Warning: autoplay music!]</p><p><a href="http://www.trumphotelcollection.com/chicago/fine-dining-chicago.php">Sixteen</a>&nbsp;[new; one-star in 2011]</p><p><a href="http://www.spiaggiarestaurant.com/">Spiaggia</a></p><p><a href="http://www.takashichicago.com/">Takashi</a></p><p><a href="http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/topolobampo.html">Topolobampo</a></p><p><a href="http://www.trurestaurant.com/">Tru</a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=201149109594033049268.0004ce685c1c75541b68b&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=41.958979,-87.637596&amp;spn=0.089356,0.21286&amp;z=12&amp;iwloc=0004ce685c209455f6e9c&amp;output=embed" width="620"></iframe><br /><small>View <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&amp;msid=201149109594033049268.0004ce685c1c75541b68b&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=41.958979,-87.637596&amp;spn=0.089356,0.21286&amp;z=12&amp;iwloc=0004ce685c209455f6e9c&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">Michelin Stars Chicago 2013</a> in a larger map</small></p></p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/chicago-2013-michelin-stars-list-links-map-and-burning-questions-103808