Let me say this right off the bat, I thought their frites were some of the best I’ve had. Perfectly fried, thick sticks of potato with a solid, crisp outer shell, encasing a light fluffy center. They smelled and tasted like they were fried in duck fat which may explain it. The frites were so good they didn’t need the aioli which accompanied the order. Not as much a fan of the other appetizer we ordered, the French Onion Fondue (caramelized onions and melted gruyere). As far as melted/broiled cheese appetizers go I wasn’t wowed. Best to leave this type of dish to the Argentine and Mexican restaurants. (more…)
Michelin Guide is out. Nope, no star for Next. Chef Achatz will have to be content with his 3 stars for Alinea. Not surprised actually though. Why the snub? Who knows. There’s been some speculation lately that Next wouldn’t get a star because the menu is always changing and you could have entirely different meals quality-wise because of it. Since no one really knows what Michelin looks for any guess is just that…a guess. Bottom line is they didn’t give it any stars. Deal with it Next fans.
A couple of weekends ago Cheryl and I had another opportunity to dine at one of Chicago Eater’s “Eater 38” restaurants. We had some friends visiting from DC who were staying downtown so we recommended going to The Purple Pig. It’s on Michigan just north of the river which is enough to make you think “tourist food” but it’s not. Well, okay, there can be tourists there but it’s not a tourist trap type of place. In fact The Purple Pig is on the Michelin Guide’s “Bib Gourmand” list for Chicago which means it has high quality food and the price of an appetizer, entrée, and glass of wine is below $40. At the Purple Pig you can definitely get under that number and be very satisfied when you push away from the table. (more…)
The Michelin Guide released it’s 2012 Chicago Bib Gourmand restaurant list today. A restaurant on the Bib Gourmand list means it is a favorite of the inspectors and has high quality food where the price of an appetizer, entrée, and glass of wine is below $40. Restaurants included in the 2012 Michelin Guide Chicago will be officially released on November 15. Unless the guides get accidentally sent out and delivered too early and someone leaks the list on Yelp like last year.