Buzz List for May 16, 2016

Buzz List for May 16, 2016

GLORIOLE I can see the future, and what I see is… Oriole at #1 on the Chicago magazine Best New Restaurants list in April 2017. Well, I suppose The Loyalist or Elske or something could surpass it, but Jeff Ruby’s rapturous review sets a four star bar: “Think of Chicago’s ultimate restaurant openings in recent years, the places that

Oriole gets more glorious, African in Rogers Park gets a review, and news good and bad on the Chinatown beat.

- May 16, 2016 - 10:17 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for May 9, 2016

Buzz List for May 9, 2016

BEARD BUZZ Chicago won three James Beard Foundation awards, which in the end is about what you’d expect—Alinea won Outstanding Restaurant in its first year of eligibility (the prize is for places that have a decade behind them), Curtis Duffy picked up Best Chef Great Lakes, and the Cherry Circle Room won an award for design.

First looks at Roister, a food media rumble, and a Korean favorite gets a version 2.

- May 9, 2016 - 11:21 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For May 3, 2016

Buzz List For May 3, 2016

TONY’S ALE HOUSE So Bourdain has been Mr. Deep Dish Pizza Sucks forever, he comes back to Chicago for Parts Unknown to showcase our real cuisine… and he goes to Ricobene’s for a breaded steak sandwich, which makes deep dish look like a wheatgrass shake. His latest visit here really isn’t about food, with a list of places

Bourdain's gutbomb, Alinea is getting stranger, Oriole is a keeper, and we finally have breakfast tacos.

- May 2, 2016 - 9:20 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for April 25, 2016

Buzz List for April 25, 2016

CRY FOR YELP How bad can Yelpers get? This is an unknowable depth, but sometimes chefs and owners just have to break up with idiot customers, and that— flavored with a soupçon of beautifully modulated condescension— is what you get in this remarkable post from one “Matthew S.” who is upset with the Italian restaurant Ceres’ Table because he

Imperial Lamian, Duck Duck Goat, a new hot pot from the Taco Bell parent and other news in a highly Asian edition of Buzz List!

- April 24, 2016 - 2:01 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for April 18, 2016

Buzz List for April 18, 2016

NUMBER ONE WITH A POULET Chicago Magazine’s Best New Restaurants issue is out, and it’s not too surprising that number one is the French restaurant that almost everyone loves, The Blanchard. Number two, though, will be a surprise to a lot of people—Arbor, the ultra-quirky cafe serving “Midwestern omakase” that’s on the second floor of an Avondale

Chicago mag's ten best, Next's next chef, Naoki is okey-dokey and Robert's pizza has some crust.

- April 15, 2016 - 10:46 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for April 11, 2016

Buzz List for April 11, 2016

IN MEMORIAM JEAN-CLAUDE POILEVEY Sad news as Jean-Claude Poilevey, chef-owner of Le Bouchon and La Sardine and a fixture of French cuisine in Chicago for several decades, was killed in a multicar pileup early Sunday morning. Many remembrances online; check out David Hammond’s at Oakpark.com and this one by Heather Shouse at Facebook. EMPIRE OF THE DIM SUM Michael

Sad loss of a French chef, inside Alinea's Progression, and trollin' Trillin and Hot Doug.

- April 11, 2016 - 8:47 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for April 4, 2016

Buzz List for April 4, 2016

SHE DID IT HER WAY Big congrats to Iliana Regan for being named a Food & Wine Best New Chef. At long last, I’d say; few rises have been as interesting and unique as Regan’s, who came up through every alt-career path imaginable—underground dinners built on foraged ingredients in her apartment, selling pierogi at farmer’s markets, then a

The Roister is roused, congrats Best New Chef Iliana Regan, and in memoriam William Rice.

- April 4, 2016 - 10:08 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for March 28, 2016

Buzz List for March 28, 2016

CLAUDIA 9 “How can you tell which pop-ups will be awesome and which will be a total mess? The answer: Just go to Claudia,” writes Anthony Todd about the pop-up series (which Fooditor wrote about here). “In many cases, dishes at pop-ups are interesting, even progressive, but somewhat unfinished —which makes sense, since usually they are the product of

Claudia gets a rave, details on Bayless' brewery at last, and Erick Williams remembers where he came from.

- March 28, 2016 - 11:52 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for March 21, 2016

Buzz List for March 21, 2016

WHO HATH NOT SAT IN HIS ARBOR SEAT If anyone can get that super-obscure literary reference, I will buy them breakfast at Arbor. Anyway, an inspired pairing of new and old restaurants getting reviewed at Chicago magazine. First, Fooditor fave Arbor (I was actually there the day Chicago mag was shooting pics for this review). Jeff Ruby admits it’s a

Arbor's the new Lula and so is Lula, Bayless's plans finally brewing, and Shaw's spawns bahs.
Arbor's the new Lula and so is Lula, Bayless's plans finally brewing, and Shaw's spawns bahs.

- March 21, 2016 - 10:42 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for March 14, 2016

Buzz List for March 14, 2016

YOU WERE ONLY WAITING FOR PHIL TO ARRIVE Reviewers don’t go back to re-review places enough, so kudos to Phil Vettel; it was 13 years between his initial Blackbird review and his Posey-era review, missing Mike Sheerin entirely, but only 5 from Posey to his new four-star review for the landmark restaurant now under Ryan Pfeiffer (he

Blackbird's back and four-starred as ever, Oriole's the new bird in town, and little Richard vs. little radishes.

- March 14, 2016 - 10:27 am - Michael Gebert