Buzz List for October 16, 2017

Buzz List for October 16, 2017

1. BIBBULOUS FRIBBULOUS Michelin released the Bib Gourmands for Chicago on Friday—and to me the net result was to sap most of the excitement out of this coming Friday’s announcement of the star awards. Here’s what I mean. Michelin listed 54 restaurants on the 2017 roster, which is a net increase of two, though with

Michelin's Bibs reveal star spoilers, the Banchets are looking for nominees, how immigrants adapt to Chicago ingredients, and Leon's BBQ is coming back.

- October 16, 2017 - 8:19 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for October 9, 2017

Buzz List for October 9, 2017

1. HOLLYWOOD BLVD Before he ever gets to talking about BLVD, Michael Nagrant offers a short history of the decline and rise of the West Loop that anyone who watches the food scene will profit by reading. It’s all to the point of explaining how improbable, yet also inevitable, the glitz and glamour of BLVD

Glam at BLVD and Proxi, protests get ugly, the NYT gets Chicago right for once, and thanks Week 1 Patreon supporters

- October 9, 2017 - 8:42 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for October 2, 2017

Buzz List for October 2, 2017

1. FAREWELL, SENSEI KATSU Few restaurants still around have a bigger place in my own culinary development than Katsu, the intimate sushi restaurant up on Peterson Avenue. I knew little about Japanese food then (though ironically I had been to the ultra-authentic spot where Katsu first worked in Chicago, Yanase), and little enough about my

Thank you Katsu, why yes that is a Katana, see The Feed on stage and Fooditor at Taste Talks this week, and support Fooditor on Patreon

- October 2, 2017 - 8:51 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for September 25, 2017

Buzz List for September 25, 2017

1. R.J. REGRUNTUS The King steps down, long live the King! Having made some final moves on the Lettuce Entertain You chessboard, Rich Melman has officially turned over the reins at his legendary restaurant empire at age 75, making son and heir apparent R.J. Melman president of the restaurant group, along with two siblings in supporting

The legacy of Rich Melman is concepted restaurants, as shown by reviews for 1920s Paris (Margeaux Brasserie) and 1950s Hollywood (BLVD). Plus how Monk's Pub survives, where to avoid brunch and more

- September 25, 2017 - 8:46 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For September 18, 2017

Buzz List For September 18, 2017

1. NOWHERE ELSKE The New York Times visits Elske and is impressed by its Nordic vision of summertime in Chicago: “In the peak of summer, it began with a deeply savory, agar-gelled ‘tea’ made of smoked fruit and vegetable trimmings, flush with edible flowers and fresh herbs as garnish. Precisely cut triangles of duck liver

Elske charms NYT, Next cooks up the globe, first word on The Kennison and one Mexican restaurant enters Randolph Street, one leaves

- September 18, 2017 - 8:53 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for September 11, 2017

Buzz List for September 11, 2017

1. MI ECSTACAYA Did you know that at Mi Tocaya Antojeria, chef Diana Dávila makes recipes handed down in her family? You do, if you read Ruby or Sula or other reviewers, or if you read Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants issue. But you never knew it quite so orgasmically as when Bill Addison of Eater

Mi Tocaya rocks Bill Addison, City Mouse more than squeaks by, Elliot and Merges gettin' the band back together, Tru closes (and reopens in the Pump Room), and we don't hate Guy Fieri. Not exactly...

- September 11, 2017 - 8:14 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for September 5, 2017

Buzz List for September 5, 2017

1. BRASSERIE BALLS Mike Sula is not having any of Michael Mina’s expensive hotel restaurant Margeaux Brasserie, declaring what you no doubt suspected, that it’s strictly for the out of town crowd: “An unnerving number of dishes in this extravagant experiment miss their obvious marks, or are conspicuous in their mediocrity. A compelling artichoke salad

Margeaux Brasserie is not for locals, Proxi is foxy, look at Alinea's tomatoes, sushi to go with baseball, and Michel Gébert's guide to la cuisine du Chicago.

- September 5, 2017 - 8:53 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for August 28, 2017

Buzz List for August 28, 2017

1. DAISIES DUKED “Daisies’ pastas are among Chicago’s best,” says Jeff Ruby, which is all you really need to say, right? But he goes on: “Thick, buttery stracci nestle under clouds of grated pecorino with delicate English peas in a lamb sugo made from house-butchered meat that’s been braised for three to four hours. Toothy,

Daisies inspires pasta-nography, The Albert's formula does not compute, Split Rail should aim higher, Taco Bell rally goes away and so, alas, does Sumi Robata Bar.

- August 28, 2017 - 8:43 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for August 21, 2017

Buzz List for August 21, 2017

1. SOMEONE’S IN THE KITCHEN WITH MINA It’s not surprising that Phil Vettel finds the debut Chicago restaurant of celebrity chef Michael Mina in the Waldorf Astoria (in the space where Ria used to be) a strong showing (though only two stars): “Decor-wise, Mina and Bishop Pass Design nail the details. Inspired by 1920s Paris,

Brasserie Margeaux is posh and pricy, Proxi satisfies our street food jones, Twin Peaks at Elizabeth is confusing and weird, Buona Beef goes old Chicago on some picketers, and did Michelin give the Tru-th out by accident?

- August 21, 2017 - 8:23 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for August 14, 2017

Buzz List for August 14, 2017

1. APPETIZING CHICAGO Hey, did you hear that Bon Appetit named Chicago the restaurant city of the year? Yeah, I know, everybody spread the word on that, it’s almost like saying something like that is good for free publicity… well anyway, at least it was someone who knows the city who said it, Julia Kramer,

Bon Appetit likes us, really likes us, hot dogs are everywhere (but chorizo is where it's at), who invented our restaurant scene, Trotter or Schwa?, and reviews of Proxi, HaiSous and more

- August 14, 2017 - 8:38 am - Michael Gebert