Tag Archives: 2012

Time Out Chicago’s 2012 Eat Out Awards Winners

18 Apr

Congrats to all the deserving chefs, partners, patrons and supporters of the Time Out Chicago’s 2012 Eat Out Awards. And the winners are…

 2012 Eat Out Award Winners

  • Best new bar: The Aviary
  • Best new restaurant: Next
  • Breakout chef of the year: Dave Beran
  • Best new burger joint: Butcher & the Burger
  • Best new sweet shop: Doughnut Vault
  • Best new breakfast: Waffles
  • Best local chain: Epic Burger
  • Best new restaurant cocktails: Perennial Virant
  • Best fro-yo chain: Forever Yogurt
  • Best new BYOB: Goosefoot
  • Best new food truck: The Southern Mac and Cheese
  • Cheap eatery of the year: Pleasant House Bakery
  • Best new pizzeria: Roots Handmade Pizza
  • Best comeback: The Pump Room
  • Best new sports bar: Public House


  • The fresh air award for restaurant design: Yusho
  • Most legitimately farm-to-table restaurant: Pleasant House Bakery
  • Best one-man show: Bill Talbott at EL Ideas
  • Strongest dessert program: Spiked milkshakes at 25 Degrees
  • Coziest place to hibernate: Miko’s Flipside Café
  • Best old-country buffet: Julbord at Tre Kronor
  • Best use of egg yolks: Egg-yolk buns at Cai
  • Best route to the suburbs: Wisma
  • Boys to men award for grown-up drinking: Elixir
  • Best firestarter: Tozi Korean BBQ
  • Best creative loafing: Publican Quality Meats
  • Best new biker bar: Heritage Bicycles General Store
  • Most palatable evangelism: Martha Bayne
  • Easiest history lesson: Big Jones
  • Lifetime achievement award: Tony Hu
  • Inspired performance award presented by Infiniti: Jeremy Quinn at Telegraph

2012 Chicago Bib Gourmand Restaurants

9 Nov
Bib Gourmand Award

Bib Gourmand

The Bib Gourmand restaurants from Michelin’s 2012 Chicago Guide were just announced. Still can’t believe Hot Doug’s was snubbed (again!), but this is a pretty decent list. A few others I think Michelin overlooked were: Due Lire and Bistro Campagne.


Thrilled to see some of my favorite restaurants were included, such as Lula Café, Ceres’ Table, Hopleaf, Los Nopales and Opart Thai House. And then a bit surprised to see some (in my opinion) under-performers like Ann Sather and Browntrout on here. But to each there own.


So without further adieu, I present the 2011 Bib Gourmand Chicago Award Winners:


  • Ann Sather
  • Arami
  • Avec
  • Belly Shack
  • Bistronomic
  • Bristol (The)
  • Browntrout
  • Ceres’ Table
  • Cumin
  • De Cero
  • deca
  • Fogon
  • Frontera Grill
  • Gemini Bistro
  • Gilt Bar
  • Girl & The Goat
  • Green Zebra
  • GT Fish & Oyster
  • Han 202
  • Hopleaf
  • Jaipur
  • Jin Thai
  • Kabul House
  • La Creperie
  • La Petite Folie
  • Lao Sze Chuan
  • Los Nopales
  • Lula Café
  • M. Henry
  • Maude’s Liquor Bar
  • Mexique
  • Mixteco Grill
  • Mundial Cocina Mestiza
  • Nana
  • Nightwood
  • Opart Thai House
  • Owen & Engine
  • Paramount Room
  • Perennial Virant
  • Publican (The)
  • Purple Pig (The)
  • Raj Darbar
  • Riccardo Trattoria
  • Sen
  • Smak-Tak
  • Smoque BBQ
  • Sol de Mexico
  • Spacca Napoli
  • Taste of Peru
  • Thai Village
  • Twin Anchors
  • Urban Belly
  • West Town Tavern
  • Xni-Pec de Yucatan
  • Yolo