WBEZ | Michelin http://www.wbez.org/tags/michelin 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 Chicago chefs boast Michelin ratings http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/chicago-chefs-boast-michelin-ratings-103824 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/grahamelliot.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/chicago-chefs-boast-michelin-ratings.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/chicago-chefs-boast-michelin-ratings" target="_blank">View the story "Chicago chefs boast Michelin ratings" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/chicago-chefs-boast-michelin-ratings-103824 Chicago 2013 Michelin Bib Gourmands: List, links and map http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/chicago-2013-michelin-bib-gourmands-list-links-and-map-103731 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/sets/72157630769183396/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/nightwoodbezsign.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Welcome WBEZ at Nightwood, Michelin Bib Gourmand Chicago 2013 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>This is not an <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-obama-reprises-his-presidential-victory-103711">election</a>. This is a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/michelin-guide-anoints-chicago-stars-prematurely">notoriously secretive <em>selection</em></a>.</p><p>Michelin released its <a href="http://www.michelintravel.com/michelin-selection/chicago-2013-2/">Chicago 2013 Bib Gourmands</a>&nbsp;Wednesday with 64 restaurants, up from <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-11-15/michelin-updates-chicago-guide-2012-94075">56 last year</a>, including 19 additions but 11 subtractions as well. Yes, math again.</p><p>What is a Bib Gourmand? &quot;Defined as &#39;Inspectors&#39; Favorites for Good Value,&#39;&quot; says Michelin, &quot;Bib Gourmand restaurants offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included), and are often of most value to a city&rsquo;s residents, who regularly dine in neighborhood restaurants.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Most importantly, these are places that Michelin&#39;s esteemed inspectors would frequent themselves.&quot;</p><p>But, dare I say, it&#39;s not as simple as math.&nbsp;Even&nbsp;<a href="http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/author/nate-silver/">Nate Silver</a>&nbsp;once attempted to analyze Chicago food with&nbsp;<a href="http://burritobracket.blogspot.com/">The Burrito Bracket</a>&nbsp;when he lived in Wicker Park. I say&nbsp;<a href="http://translate.google.com/#auto/en/%C3%A0%20chacun%20son%20go%C3%BBt"><em>à chacun son goût</em></a>, but I also understand the need for lists.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7653979708/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/nightwoodbezears.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Crispy pig ears at Nightwood WBEZ Member event (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>I&#39;m puzzled to see Avec on the Bib list again, which means they won&#39;t receive a star for yet another year. Avec was not listed in the first Michelin Chicago edition in 2011 at all, reportedly due to the restaurant&#39;s temporary closure due to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/dolinsky/2010/08/breaking-avec-restaurant-closed-temporarily-due-to-fire/33182">fatal fire in 2010</a>, but was recognized only as a Bib last year as well.</p><p>I&#39;m surprised to see off the list&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aramichicago.com/">Arami</a>, <a href="http://hopleaf.com/">Hopleaf</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lulacafe.com/">Lula</a> (home of the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-06/tabled-manners-soft-shell-crab-royale-100067">face-hugging soft-shell crab sandwich</a>) and <a href="http://perennialchicago.com/">Perennial Virant</a> &mdash; but again this may mean they&#39;ll receive a star or stars instead.</p><p>A few geographical notes to the <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelinGuideCH">Michelin Chicago inspectors</a>&nbsp;about the <a href="http://www.michelintravel.com/michelin-selection/chicago-2013-2/">Bib list</a>:&nbsp;Han 202, Kai Zan, La Petite Folie, Nana, Smak-Tak and Sol de Mexico are not in the&nbsp;suburbs, but actually in Chicago.</p><p>Next Wednesday, the complete&nbsp;<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, revealing the coveted Michelin stars. I&#39;ve cooked in three Michelin three-star restaurants and yes, Bib or stars, it&#39;s a thrilling day. Until then, here&#39;s the complete list of the Chicago 2013 Bib Gourmands, with links and a map.</p><p><a href="http://adastreetchicago.com/">Ada St.</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://www.annsather.com/index.html">Ann Sather</a></p><p><a href="http://antiquetaco.com/">Antique Taco</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://aucheval.tumblr.com/">Au Cheval</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://avecrestaurant.com/">Avec</a></p><p><a href="http://balenachicago.com/">Balena</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://bellyshack.com/">Belly Shack</a></p><p><a href="http://bistronomic.net/hostalt/">Bistronomic</a></p><p><a href="http://www.thebristolchicago.com/">Bristol (The)</a></p><p><a href="http://www.browntroutchicago.com/Default.html">Browntrout</a></p><p><a href="http://cerestable.com/">Ceres&#39; Table</a></p><p><a href="http://www.chilambalamchicago.com/">Chilam Balam</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://citytavernchicago.com/">City Tavern</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://cumin-chicago.com/">Cumin</a></p><p><a href="http://decero.hellotacos.com/">De Cero</a></p><p><a href="http://decarestaurant.com/">deca</a>&nbsp;[Warning: autoplay music!]</p><p><a href="http://www.decolor.us/">DeCOLORES</a></p><p><a href="http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/grill.html">Frontera Grill</a></p><p><a href="http://www.geminibistrochicago.com/">Gemini Bistro</a></p><p><a href="http://www.giltbarchicago.com/">Gilt Bar</a>&nbsp;[Warning: autoplay music!]</p><p><a href="http://www.girlandthegoat.com/">Girl &amp; The Goat</a></p><p><a href="http://www.greenzebrachicago.com/">Green Zebra</a></p><p><a href="http://gtoyster.com/">GT Fish &amp; Oyster</a></p><p><a href="http://han202.com/">Han 202</a></p><p><a href="http://www.jaipurchicago.com/">Jaipur</a>&nbsp;[Warning: autoplay music!]</p><p><a href="http://jamrestaurant.com/">Jam</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://jinthaicuisine.com/">Jin Thai</a></p><p><a href="http://kabulhouse.com/">Kabul House</a></p><p><a href="http://eatatkaizan.com/">Kai Zan</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://www.lapetitefolie.com/">La Petite Folie</a></p><p><a href="http://laohunanonline.com/">Lao Hunan</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://www.tonygourmetgroup.com/restaurantsc.aspx?id=259">Lao Sze Chuan</a></p><p><a href="http://www.losnopalesrestaurant.com/">Los Nopales</a></p><p><a href="http://www.maisonbrasserie.com/">Maison</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://marionstreetcheesemarket.com/">Marion Street Cheese Market</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://maudesliquorbar.com/">Maude&#39;s Liquor Bar</a>&nbsp;[Warning: autoplay music!]</p><p><a href="http://www.mixtecogrill.com/">Mixteco Grill</a></p><p><a href="http://nanaorganic.com/">Nana</a></p><p><a href="http://nightwoodrestaurant.com/">Nightwood</a></p><p><a href="http://www.opartthai.com/">Opart Thai House</a></p><p><a href="http://www.owenandengine.com/">Owen &amp; Engine</a></p><p><a href="http://www.paramountroom.com/">Paramount Room</a></p><p><a href="http://thepublicanrestaurant.com/">Publican (The)</a></p><p><a href="http://www.pumproom.com/">Pump Room</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://thepurplepigchicago.com/">Purple Pig (The)</a></p><p><a href="http://www.q-bbq.com/">Q BBQ</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://www.rajdarbar.com/">Raj Darbar</a></p><p><a href="http://www.riccardotrattoria.com/">Riccardo Trattoria</a></p><p><a href="http://savoychicago.com/chi/">Savoy (The)</a></p><p><a href="http://www.sensushibar.com/">Sen</a></p><p><a href="http://slurpingturtle.com/home.php">Slurping Turtle</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://www.smaktak.com/">Smak-Tak</a></p><p><a href="http://www.smoquebbq.com/">Smoque BBQ</a></p><p><a href="http://soldemexicochicago.com/">Sol de Mexico</a></p><p><a href="http://www.spaccanapolipizzeria.com/">Spacca Napoli</a></p><p><a href="http://thestorefrontcompany.com/">Storefront Company</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://www.twinanchorsribs.com/">Twin Anchors</a></p><p><a href="http://untitledchicago.com/home-page/">Untitled</a></p><p><a href="http://www.urbanbellychicago.com/">Urban Belly</a></p><p><a href="http://urbanunionchicago.com/">Urban Union</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://www.westtowntavern.com/">West Town Tavern</a></p><p><a href="http://woodchicago.com/">Wood</a>&nbsp;[new]</p><p><a href="http://www.xnipec.net/">Xni-Pec de Yucatan</a></p><p><a href="http://www.yolomexicaneatery.com/">Yolo</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=201149109594033049268.0004cdeb5e57f685048f4&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=42.048783,-87.71965&amp;spn=0.17846,0.42572&amp;z=11&amp;iwloc=0004cdec2aafdfd1170dc&amp;output=embed" width="620"></iframe><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/chicago-2013-michelin-bib-gourmands-list-links-and-map-103731 Michelin Guide anoints Chicago stars prematurely http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/michelin-guide-anoints-chicago-stars-prematurely <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Achatz_Joe Corrigan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="339" width="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-16/6a00d8341c58f853ef013488dbeaaa970c-200wi.jpg" title="" alt="" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">What a debacle. &nbsp;Over the past few weeks, the folks at the Michelin Guide have been talking about how they would announce their Chicago stars on Wednesday, November 17th. &nbsp;It would be impossible to speak with the Guide's Director, Jean-Luc Naret, until after Wednesday, I was told, since the announcement was so top secret - even the restaurants wouldn't be notified until he called them himself that day.</p><p>So much for secrecy. &nbsp;</p><p>Apparently, the folks at Amazon don't keep Michelin release dates a high priority on their shipping calendars, since a <a href="http://www.yelp.com/topic/chicago-michelin-stars-released">Yelper</a> got wind of the results yesterday, thereby forcing Michelin to send out a press release this morning, announcing the starred restaurants. &nbsp;They are:</p><p>3 stars: Alinea, L.20</p><p>2 stars: Avenues, Charlie Trotter's, Ria</p><p>1 star: Blackbird, Boka, Bonsoirée, Crofton on Wells, Everest, graham elliot, Longman &amp; Eagle, NAHA, NoMI, Schwa, Seasons, Sepia, Sixteen, Spiaggia, Takashi, Topolobampo, Tru, Vie</p><p>It's bad enough the organization allowed the leak. &nbsp;If it was that serious of an announcement, couldn't Michelin have made sure that Amazon didn't ship until Wednesday, or at least left Jeff Bezos a voicemail about it? But more significant than the logistics flub, is the fact that - according to the Michelin inspectors, who've allegedly been living and eating here for the past year or so - Bonsoirée and Longman &amp; Eagle are now allegedly playing in the same sandbox as Topolobampo and Spiaggia. &nbsp;If that's the case, does that mean Avec, North Pond, Arun's and Les Nomades are suddenly reduced to &quot;not-even-worth-visiting-when-in-Chicago-because-we-don't-have-a-star&quot; status? Also, how is it that San Francisco has 39 starred restaurants, and Chicago only has 23? &nbsp;Lots of questions, and fortunately, I'll be interviewing Mr. Naret this week about it. &nbsp;Check back here Friday for the complete podcast.</p></p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/michelin-guide-anoints-chicago-stars-prematurely