Buzz List for January 21, 2019

Buzz List for January 21, 2019

1. DOUBLE GRUMPLE It’s grumpy media week: Donald Trump fed a sports team fast food! Did national food media take the bait and immediately make themselves look to his base like snotty coastal elites who can’t appreciate the honest American joys of a quarter pounder, just like he wanted them to? Of course they did.

Fake dinner news, is there a French resurgence for Brindille to lead, Furious Spoon is twisting, and tacos by the mapful

- January 21, 2019 - 8:35 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for January 14, 2019

Buzz List for January 14, 2019

Buzz List is late this morning because we wanted to cover last night’s Jean Banchet awards: 1. BANCHET FRENCHY And the best restaurant in Chicago… is in Winnetka! And it’s basically a pop-up inside another restaurant! That was, to jump to the end, the surprise decision at the close of the night of the local

The longest speech at the Banchets, Virtue signaled, have you had Gujarati eggs? and Smoque catches fire

- January 14, 2019 - 10:40 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For January 7, 2019

Buzz List For January 7, 2019

1. BESTLER THAN There’s a common theme to many best of the year lists this year, and it’s… Take that, John Kessler! Mike Sula explicitly calls That Article out: “As I looked at the list of my favorite new places to eat from 2018 I realized that almost everything on it could serve as an

The year in year-end roundups, reviews of Bar Ramone and About Last Knife, Embeyezzler arrested, diner co-pays, and the last Key Ingredient

- January 7, 2019 - 10:29 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For December 17, 2018

Buzz List For December 17, 2018

1. CHICAGO, CHICAGO So the message of last week is… we’re excited to host the world for the James Beard Awards! And don’t you dare tell us what to think about our food scene! So first, Mayor Emanuel announced that the Beards would be staying here till 2027, by which time the only remaining food

The Beards are back for 9 more years, hot takes on our possible lack of mojo, and a new restaurant from a chef with a past

- December 17, 2018 - 7:36 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For December 10, 2018

Buzz List For December 10, 2018

But first: There’s still time to give the only gift that matters for the holidays. Get The Fooditor 99 2019 edition in paperback or for Kindle. 1. BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LUNCH’S HEART The first news about Young Americans, the spot in the Johnny’s Grill space from Nick Jirasek (Old Habits) and

Eat it black at Young Americans, comfort foods at Twain and Income Tax, Quesa-dillies, and Gravy finds the South in Chicago barbecue

- December 10, 2018 - 9:28 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For December 3, 2018

Buzz List For December 3, 2018

1. NEXT FROM ALINEA GROUP Next’s menus for next year have been announced; they are Silk and Spice, which is not a pair of African-American pro-Trump video bloggers, but a look at the cuisines that grew out of cross-cultural effects of the Silk Road trading route, that is, “Asia, Northeast Africa, the Middle East, Europe,

Next lays out its 2019 tables, Etta is aimed at its demographic, vegan above Fifth Avenue, and holiday with Ina.

- December 3, 2018 - 9:42 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for November 26, 2018

Buzz List for November 26, 2018

1. GET YOUR NEW FOODITOR 99 NOW It’s the new 2019 edition, with more than 40 new restaurants and updated reviews for many more, of the  Chicago food guide that roams the whole city to find what’s really worth checking out. Order yours now at Amazon here (Kindle version here), and while you’re at it,

It took two to review Bar Ramone, restaurant pro opens two in one week, Andrew Zimmern shoots his mouth off about Chinese food, and the new Fooditor 99s are here!

- November 26, 2018 - 9:44 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for November 19, 2018

Buzz List for November 19, 2018

1. LAST CHANCE! Well, not last last but you gotta hype these things. The new 2019 edition of The Fooditor 99 should be available to order by Wednesday, Amazon willing, and you can just order it then. But there’s still time to get something cooler than that, and do more than that for the cause

Chicago lands on nation's best listicles, two fried chicken sandwich listicles, the dangers of listicles for restaurants, and is Greektown going ghost town?

- November 19, 2018 - 9:10 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for November 12, 2018

Buzz List for November 12, 2018

1. IT’S GETTING CLOSER Heads up, no main Fooditor story this week—because I’m eyeballs deep in getting the next edition of The Fooditor 99 ready. My goal was to have it be about 1/3 new entries, but it’s looking like closer to half, so get ready for a really fresh look at the diversity of

Vettel gets Funkenhausen, Banchet nominates doers and changers, Mr. Robata is back, and a real reviewer eats at Protein Bar

- November 12, 2018 - 9:09 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For November 5, 2018

Buzz List For November 5, 2018

1. RANDOLPH CLOSED, TAKE ALTERNATE ROUTE Two big closings from big names at either end of Randolph: Gideon Sweet, the former Graham Elliot Bistro most recently being run by Matthias Merges’ group, has shuttered, and BellyQ/Urbanbelly, Bill Kim’s Korean restaurants with the Cornerstone Group in the former OneSixtyBlue space, will close by year’s end. (Another

Why real estate determines what you eat, Halloween howls at HaiSous, Diner Grill is back and average as ever, and Steve is on Rahm's podcast for a change

- November 5, 2018 - 8:05 am - Michael Gebert