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All Praises Due

Chicago has been all atwitter (literally and figuratively…HA!) thanks to the descendence of the venerable Jean Luc Neret and his team of pro-ass eaters onto our fair city.

The 2011 edition of Chicago’s Michelin Guide has been released, and I am proud to say that, thanks to FDL, I have been lucky enough to experience the culinary forces behind several of these establishments. Alinea and L2O received top honors, awarded the rarely-bestowed three Michelin stars, and Blackbird, Graham Elliott , and Longman and Eagle were each granted a respectable one star rating. (For a full breakdown and a handy visual map, visit the Chicago Eater website.)

There’s been buzz about certain establishments being unfairly overlooked, but FDL favorite Girl & The Goat was honored with a Bib Gourmand recommendation, which means that particular establishment was chosen as a Michelin inspector’s favorite for good value. Other Bib Gourmands include Urban Belly, De Cero, Frontera Grill, Hopleaf, and The Publican, all of which have been joyfully experienced by FDL and/or myself.

All in all, I’d say the official Michelin star rating list definitely captured the best that Chicago has to offer, and really only serves to solidify my desire to tackle Alinea and Schwa. Also, Chicago Bites has a nice comparative chart that brings together ratings from across the web, comparing ratings from Michelin to user-generated review off of  sites like Yelp, Urbanspoon, and Metromix.

What are your thoughts? Ever eaten at these places? Wish that a lesser-known but equally delicious establishment had been recognized? Leave ’em in the comments!


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