Buzz List for October 29, 2018

Buzz List for October 29, 2018

1. SAO SONG BLUE Is the next hot Asian cuisine in Chicago going to be Lao? There’s a certain Lao population here, a couple of restaurants in somewhat obscure suburban locations (Burbank, Elgin), and more to the point, a few younger Laos with a burning drive to tell their food story, like Friend of Fooditor

Lao could be the next hot Asian cuisine, taking Good Measure, how Publican changed Fulton, and the soundtrack of your meal

- October 29, 2018 - 9:00 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for October 22, 2018

Buzz List for October 22, 2018

1. COAST TO COAST Ari Bendersky writes about Pacific Standard Time’s taste of California in the midwest for the New York Times, focusing (as the room does) on the wood-burning ovens: “Open to the dining room, one of the ovens is dedicated to fluffy pitas and rustic pizzas, the other for roasting everything from fresh

PST in the NYT, scouting the original food hall, by Karam it's tasty, beyond hot pot in Chinatown, and new rules for the wrong crowd?

- October 22, 2018 - 8:39 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For October 15, 2018

Buzz List For October 15, 2018

1. MASTER SCHLEMIELIER If you call yourself something as pompous as the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, when you screw up you’re gonna fall hard. And the Court screwed up like a debate team getting caught sneaking a peek at a rival high school’s notes while at the state championship. In fact that’s pretty much

Bomb dropped on somms, never the Twain shall Free Rein, Tikka-outtahere, and an un-Pleasant tale of a non-customer

- October 15, 2018 - 8:49 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For October 8, 2018

Buzz List For October 8, 2018

1. WHO’S NEXT? UPDATE: Last night, in the newsletter version of Buzz List, I speculated that the timing of Jenner Tomaska’s departure last week as executive chef of Next—coming right at the launch of the Alinea 2011-2015 menu (which officially began Saturday), and as they had to be working on the themes for next year

Next chef not the only one who just departed, burgers burgers everywhere, city of noodles, and grievances break out about Thalia Hall situation

- October 8, 2018 - 9:07 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For October 1, 2018

Buzz List For October 1, 2018

1. TEMPORIS FUGIT So Michelin did its thing and my predictions were astonishingly accurate! I predicted there was one obvious winner and indeed, there was one winner… though it was Temporis, not S.K.Y. So congrats to those guys (not the same two guys as when I wrote about them, but all the same, good for them doing

Temporis is the one and only winner this year, Sula likes Funkenhausen, Ina Mae and Maebe Not, Treasure Island sails into the sunset, and won't you be my neighborhood restaurant?

- October 1, 2018 - 8:25 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List For September 24, 2018

Buzz List For September 24, 2018

1. BIB BLURB It’s time to do that Michelin thing again, with the Bib Gourmands coming out last Wednesday and the stars due this week. As always I find at least as many restaurants I truly love among the Bibs as among the starred restaurants, and so the splendid Daisies and the very promising Passerotto

Bibs burble again, Bristol toasts 10, South Side gets a spotlight, Dutch & Doc's pleases Phil, and what I thought about Kyōten

- September 24, 2018 - 8:11 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for September 17, 2018

Buzz List for September 17, 2018

1. I’M GLAD, I’M GLAD, I’M GLAD It is a delight to not be part of the big food media foofaw this week, but to merely enjoy it from the sidelines. Pass the popcorn! It started with a prominent Instagram influencer named Adam Sokolowski (he made a cameo appearance in this Fooditor story) who was

Nobody's Glad about Giant PR dinner mess, Ruby thinks Passerotto is a keeper, Sula bifurcates BiXi, news about ex-Hanbun and MK chefs, and why we stopped eating brains

- September 17, 2018 - 8:26 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for September 9, 2018

Buzz List for September 9, 2018

1. VIDAL VS. BUCKLEY One thing I usually like about the Chicago food scene is that it’s friendly and not New York-competitive. But a full-fledged media feud broke out this week, of such galactic importance that no fewer than two Eater articles recount it. I’m in it, so I’ll just lay out the main players—Steve

Etta's got a hold on critics, Chicago chefs on TV, finding a Pretty Cool happy place, and what was that all about, besides pizza?

- September 10, 2018 - 8:22 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for September 4, 2018

Buzz List for September 4, 2018

1. TERRACE FIRMA Is how good a restaurant is, a function of how much it charges? No one would exactly say that, even if we acknowledge that there are aspects of quality—care and precision in the cooking—that strongly correlate with having more money to spend on ingredients and kitchen labor. But it is often an

Phil Vettel discounts Terrace 16, street fight over Mini Mott, a hipper San Soo Gab San, and Mike didn't like bacon (!)

- September 4, 2018 - 8:14 am - Michael Gebert


Buzz List for August 27, 2018

Buzz List for August 27, 2018

1. YEAR OF WOE Sad news about a trio of beloved restaurants: Sabatino’s, Dean Martin-era Italian in Old Irving, announced on Facebook that they would be retiring and closing at the end of the year—giving customers six months to have baked Alaska one last time. To be honest, Sabatino’s was never quite one of my

Arrivederci Sabatino's, Maple Tree Inn burns, first of the fancy sushi openings wows Sula, Tikka-walloped Kindelsperger, and do chefs judge diners' politics?

- August 27, 2018 - 7:45 am - Michael Gebert