Monday, November 12, 2012

Affordable Bites I Bib Gourmands 2013

The Boka Group’s Giuseppe Tentori, Stephanie Izard, & Paul Virant with founders Rob Katz & Kevin Boehm have more Bibs than the Pampers baby
 Did you hear?  The Bib Gourmands was officially released for the Chicago MICHELIN Guide 2013!

And, well, you may find yourself asking what the hell is the ‘Bib Gourmands’?

“The Bib Gourmand designation denotes good cuisine at a reasonable price in a variety of comfort categories. Defined as “Inspectors Favorites for Good Value,” Bib Gourmand restaurants offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included), and are often of most value to a city’s residents, who regularly dine in neighborhood restaurants.”

Creating the List:

MICHELIN inspectors work throughout the year to analyze restaurants in a given city, regularly eating two or more meals per day, every day, always under the cloak of anonymity. The results of their tireless research have been collected and curated into the MICHELIN Red Guides, your gastronomic reference to the best of the big city.
MICHELIN inspectors designate the restaurants they feel deliver the most value to consumers. These are Bib Gourmands. They are an ideal resource for consumers looking for the perfect meal at a reasonable price.

What you need to know:

64 Chicago restaurants made the 2013 list
19 restaurants earned Bib Gourmand recognition for the first time
11 of last year’s Bib Gourmand recipients were cut from this year’s list…ouch
First-timers on the list include: Au Cheval, Balena, Jam, Maison, Marion Street Cheese Market (Oak Park), Pump Room, Slurping Turtle & Urban Union.

2013 Bib Gourmands Chicago (* denotes new addition)

Ada Street *
Ann Sather
Antique Taco *
Au Cheval *
Balena *
Belly Shack
The Bristol
Ceres’ Table
Chilam Balam *
City Tavern *
De Cero
De Colores
Frontera Grill
Gemini Bistro
Gilt Bar
Girl & the Goat
Green Zebra
GT Fish & Oyster
Han 202
Jam *
Jin Thai
Kabul House
Kai Zan *
Lao Hunan *
Lao Sze Chuan
La Petite Folie
Los Nopales
Maison *
Marion Street Cheese Market *
Maude’s Liquor Bar
Mixteco Grill
Opart Thai
Owen & Engine
Paramount Room
The Publican
The Pump Room *
Purple Pig
Raj Darbar
Riccardo Trattoria
The Savoy *
Slurping Turtle *
Smoque BBQ
Sol de Mexico
Spacca Napoli
The Storefront Company *
Twin Anchors
Untitled *
Urban Belly
Urban Union *
West Town Tavern
Wood *
Xni-Pec de Yucatan

Removed from list

Fogon (CLOSED)
La Creperie
Lula Café
M. Henry
Cocina Mestiza
Perennial Virant
Taste of Peru
Thai Village

Flight Club

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Man Repellers

Packing for a much-needed vacation to Playa, and bring these loved ones with me! I think I’ll pair them with my Jen’s Pirate Booty Señorita tunic – pictures to come.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Twisted Farm Food

With locations in Vegas, Connecticut, and now here in Chicago, Hash House a Go Go (1212 North State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610) is keeping their guests wildy entertained and FULL! (cc: the Sage Fried Chicken & Waffles)