From one to three, Michelin stars are awarded to those restaurants which undergo scrutiny from an onset of very anonymous investigative food critics, and this year (finally), the Michelin team comes to Chicago. Since the 1900's the Michelin guide has validated the great food in Western Europe, eventually expanding East to Tokyo and Hong Kong, and in the U.S. has been part of the New York, LA and San Fran restaurant review scene for years. It's now time for Michelin to take on Chicago.
A little history lesson? Michelin was started by the Michelin tire company in hopes to encourage motorist travel to destination restaurants. When the guide started to level the restaurants with stars, it gained popularity and is now known for recognizing some exceptional chefs and restaurants. (An editor's side note~ I will be in NYC next week and established many of my dinner reservations based on the Michelin guide - following suit exactly as Michelin intended - destination dining!)
November 17 (mark your calendar!) the Michelin stars will be revealed for Chicago restaurants, but of course it wouldn't be good media without sneak peeks and teasers to get your interest piqued. Michelin today named the 46 Chicago restaurants for the Bib Gourmand category of Michelin, or in layman's terms, those places with great food at good value (shown below).
What restaurants do you think are worthy in making the list?