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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

Time Out Chicago Eat Out Awards 2011 Winners

12 Apr

Best new restaurant: Girl & the Goat (photo from TOC)

Last night the Time Out Chicago Eat Out Awards 2011 held court. With both readers’ choice and critics’ picks categories, lots of great Chicago restaurants felt the love.

Congrats to the nominees and winners.

Readers’ choice winners
Best New Restaurant –
Girl & The Goat
Best New Bar – Bangers & Lace
Best New Beverage Program – Sable Kitchen & Bar
Best Local Coffee Roaster – Intelligentsia
Chef of the Year – Stephanie Izard
Breakout Chef of the Year – Matthew Eversman
Restaurateurs of the Year – Kevin Boehm & Rob Katz
Best New Bakery – Sprinkles Cupcakes
Best New Steakhouse – Chicago Cut Steakhouse
Best Dessert Truck – Flirty Cupcakes
Best Food Truck – gaztro-wagon
Best New Pub Grub – Owen & Engine
Best New Barbecue – Lillie’s Q
Best New Italian – Davanti Enoteca
Best New Patio – Big Star

Critics’ picks
The “Extreme Makeover: Integrity Edition” Award – Ba Le
Best Cure for the Average Brunch – Sunday noodles at Takashi
Best Change of Pace – Jeff Pikus’s Cooking at Maude’s Liquor Bar
Best Cheese Course – The goat-cheese-cashew-caramel gelato at Black Dog Gelato
Best Location for a Murder Mystery – Owen & Engine
Best Reason to Fly Again – Tortas Frontera
Best Community Sponsor – Matt Maroni
Lifetime Achievement Award – Scott Harris
Best Box Lunch – The Bento Box
Least Insufferable Food Term of the Year – “Chimney Cake”
Best Chip Off the Old Block – Ed Marszewski
Latest Reason to be a Homosexual – Downtown Bar
Best Late-Night Destination – MingHin Cuisine
The Sorta-Annual “Proof that Evolution Exists” Award – Caffé Streets
Best Excuse to Be a Localvore – The all-Midwestern lineup of spirits at WaterShed

Vote for Time Out Chicago’s Eat Out Awards

9 Feb

Time Out Chicago's Eat Out Awards Photo from TOC

Some Chicagoans may have picked up on an election around town. No, not that silly mayoral election, I’m talking about Time Out Chicago’s fifth annual Eat Out Awards. This gives diners all over the city a chance to weigh in on who served up the best plates in our fair city.

Below are the categories and the restaurants within them. Go vote for them online here. Voting will go until March 9th and the winners will be announced in the April 14 TOC issue, along with the 15 Critic’s Picks.

My picks include, Intelligentsia for Best Local Coffee Roaster; Billy Lawless (The Gage, Henri) for Restaurateur of the Year; Mastro’s for Best New Steakhouse; More Mobile for Best Dessert Truck; Meatyballs for Best Food Truck; Due Lire for Best New Italian; and Big Star for Best New Patio

On your mark, get set, VOTE!

Best New Restaurant

  • Arami
  • Girl & The Goat
  • Lillie’s Q
  • Owen & Engine
  • Ruxbin

Best New Bar

  • Bangers & Lace
  • The Boiler Room
  • Curio
  • Haymarket Pub & Brewery
  • Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar
  • WaterShed

Best New Beverage Program

  • Chizakaya (sake)
  • Duchamp (cocktails)
  • Henri (wine)
  • Owen & Engine (beer)
  • Sable Kitchen & Bar (cocktails)

Best Local Coffee Roaster

  • Asado Coffee Co.
  • Bridgeport Coffee Co.
  • Dark Matter
  • Intelligentsia
  • Metropolis

Chef of the Year

  • Grant Achatz (Alinea)
  • Dirk Flanigan (The Gage, Henri)
  • Sandra Holl (Floriole Cafe & Bakery)
  • Stephanie Izard (The Girl & The Goat)
  • B.K. Park (Arami)

Breakout Chef of the Year

  • Matthew Eversman (Saigon Sisters)
  • Edward Kim (Ruxbin)
  • Guy Meikle (Nana)
  • Bai Ming Wu (MingHin Cuisine)

Restaurateur of the Year

  • Kevin Boehm & Rob Katz (Boka, Perennial, Girl & The Goat)
  • Scott Harris (Francesca’s Restaurants; Purple Pig)
  • Tony Hu (Lao Sze Chuan, Lao Beijing, Lao You Ju)
  • Billy Lawless (The Gage, Henri)
  • RJ & Jerrod Melman (Hub 51, Paris Club)
  • Brendan Sodikoff (Gilt Bar, Maude’s Liquor Bar)

Best New Bakery

  • Cookie Bar
  • Floriole Cafe & Bakery
  • La Boulangerie
  • Sprinkles

Best New Steakhouse

  • Benny’s Chop House
  • Chicago Cut
  • Epic
  • Mastro’s

Best Dessert Truck

  • Flirty Cupcakes
  • More Mobile
  • Sweet Miss Giving’s
  • Sweet Ride

Best Food Truck

  • Gaztrowagon
  • Happy Bodega
  • Hummingbird Kitchen
  • Meatyballs
  • Simple Sandwich
  • Tamalespaceship

Best New Pub Grub

  • Blokes & Birds
  • Leopold
  • Owen & Engine
  • The Southern
  • Three Aces

Best New Barbecue

  • Brand BBQ Market
  • Chicago Q
  • Lillie’s Q
  • Pork Shoppe
  • Smokey Bears BBQ House

Best New Italian

  • Davanti Enoteca
  • Donatella Mediterranean Bistro
  • Due Lire
  • The Florentine
  • Three Aces

Best New Patio

  • Big Star
  • D.S. Tequila Co.
  • Epic Sky
  • The Portage
  • Purple Pig