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The Michelin Guide Chicago 2012 and Michelin Star Restaurants

15 Nov

Grant Achatz remains king as Alinea is awarded the sole dignity of having three Michelin stars in Chicago, while last year’s co-champion, L20, fell down to one star with the transition of their executive chef. There were a few other fluxes in this year’s Michelin star ranking from last year; a total of 21 Chicago restaurants were awarded the honors versus 23 in 2011. Next was not included and it’s unclear if that was a result of not being able to experience the restaurant or due to when it opened.

I am thrilled to see some of the standouts from my year  in dining were included, among them Schwa and Tru. With last year’s arrival of Chicago Michelin Guide, it showcased what we in our fair city have known for a long time, we have tasty food and restaurants. I appreciate that the Michelin Guide continues to push and excel our Chefs, but with the Chicago charm I wouldn’t trade for the world. Sappy? Sure. But I’m not wrong.

And now, I present the 2012 Michele star restaurants in Chicago:

Three stars:

  • Alinea

Two stars:

  • Charlie Trotter’s
  • RIA

One star:

  • Blackbird
  • Boka
  • Bonsoiree
  • Courtright’s (new in 2012)
  • Everest
  • Graham Elliot
  • L2O
  • Longman & Eagle
  • Moto (new in 2012)
  • NAHA
  • Schwa
  • Seasons
  • Sepia
  • Spiaggia
  • Takashi
  • Topolobampo
  • Tru
  • Vie

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