Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mel's Michelin List

Yesterday, the list of star ranked restaurants from the red 2012 Michelin Guide for Chicago hit the web. I could wax on about how stingy I thought the 2012 list was...where was Blackbird's second star and how the heck does Next miss out on the stars all together?  To get my bearings,  I've already made a reservation to dine at one star new comer Courtright's in the coming weeks.  I knew one of my predictions was off the mark when The Girl and the Goat ended up on the Bib Gourmand list in lieu of earning a star, but local favorite Sen sushi's inclusion on the same list was a happy surprise.  I enjoyed a fine lunch there last week-end and had a chance to talk to the owner about their big honor.

Writing the little story for the paper got me to thinking about how many Michelin starred meals I've actually enjoyed over the years. it is Mel's Michelin date.

The Stars

The Bib Gourmand

*Coming soon Courtright's!

All in all I'd say this is a pretty delicious list!
Alinea provided the best meal of my life, but Schwa, The French Laundry and Blackbird all impressed me with unforgettable fare.  Arami is my favorite regular haunt and West Town Tavern is Emma's all time favorite restaurant. Cheers to good taste!

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