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post #31 of 56
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Originally Posted by SField View Post
Funny Avec gets no mention when it's the only place I'd ever go back to of Kahan's establishments.

Tru is more than a 1 star, as is Everest. Those to me, are solid 2 star establishments. If Schwa were fancier you could say the same.

Spiaggia is also more than a star, but it needs to get out of the 80s first.

+1. Tru and Everest are at a level way above Longman & Eagle (where we had lunch last Thursday) and Bonsoiree.

Even the Bib Gourmand selections were flawed, e.g. Twin Anchors, renowned for their "meat jello" ribs?
post #32 of 56
glad to see avenues get 2. went when GEB was there and the guy now has stepped it up. it's like a the "poor man's" alinea - more dishes that hit you like good mashed potatoes but fewer that make you giddy.
post #33 of 56
Tru definitely got hosed.
post #34 of 56
frances' deli? really?
overrated sandwiches, insanely overrated breakfast imo.
post #35 of 56
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Originally Posted by ltb View Post
frances' deli? really?
overrated sandwiches, insanely overrated breakfast imo.

Talk about something coming out of left field. The Brown Sack, Manny's Coffee Shop, Kuma's Corner are all more worthy of a Bib Gourmand commendation.
post #36 of 56
Yeah, the guide is very WTF

The more I read the more I'm confused about.
post #37 of 56
Just a thought - comparing lunch to dinner are two very different things. Also consider how many times you've been to the place.

I go to Twin Anchors quit a bit and I like it a lot, but it doesn't deserve to be mentioned on the bib list.
post #38 of 56
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Originally Posted by ld111134 View Post
Talk about something coming out of left field. The Brown Sack, Manny's Coffee Shop, Kuma's Corner are all more worthy of a Bib Gourmand commendation.

+1 million on Kuma's Corner

I think the noise level might have turned them off, though.
post #39 of 56
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Originally Posted by gladhands View Post
+1 million on Kuma's Corner

I think the noise level might have turned them off, though.

While kuma's itself is awesome, I can't see it being the kind of place a guide like Michelin recommends (unless they put a huge disclaimer one it)...

These things make it the kind of place you wouldn't send just anybody:
-Lack of *any* reservations and very very long wait times at prime hours
-Very loud heavy metal music playing at all times
-Not the most friendly hostess in my experience

My parents/grandparents are more likely to buy and use a Michelin guide than the crowd outside of kumas who are probably going to go home and post an awful yelp review (awful writing that is...not awful food)
post #40 of 56
NoMI is also quite good. The lounge has the best burger I've eaten in the city. Went back a second and it wasn't as good, but still quite decent.
post #41 of 56
LD, is that a knock on Bonsoiree and Longman & Eagle, or just praise for Tru and Everest? Judging on food quality alone, I thought the former two were at the same level as other one-stars I've eaten at (which admittedly are few).
post #42 of 56
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Originally Posted by rubin749 View Post
LD, is that a knock on Bonsoiree and Longman & Eagle, or just praise for Tru and Everest? Judging on food quality alone, I thought the former two were at the same level as other one-stars I've eaten at (which admittedly are few).

I think he means that they should have more than just 1 star.

Of the times I've been there, I'd say Tru is a 2 Michelin level restaurant. Ditto for Everest. For me, there's a huge gap between each level, and some of the 1 stars are quite unequal.
post #43 of 56
^^^I also agree about Everest. I've only been to Tru once, and that was several years ago.
post #44 of 56
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Originally Posted by privateer View Post
I loved Longman & Eagle. I'm just surprised its on the list - not with the quality of the food but just the type of place that is (if that makes sense). I'm not an expert.

I live around the corner from L&E. To be fair, I haven't eaten there, but I wouldn't have guessed it was a star-worthy restaurant. Maybe I'm biased because I've always just assumed it was a hipster bar that happened to serve food (expensive food at that). I will say that their beer garden in the summer is refreshing.

Still, I'm happy that Logan Square's got a restaurant of note in the neighborhood.
post #45 of 56
My girlfriend and I treated ourselves to Alinea not all that long ago for our 1 year anniversary. Yes, it was good, but I left wanting just a little bit more for what I paid. The food was good, but I was just expecting a little bit better for what I paid. Just my take. The service was phenomenal.

Was at Bonsoiree several years ago when it first opened and was very impressed.

Paramount Room is a big sleeper on that list. It looks like a drungy bar, but the food is really good.

And you can't go wrong with hopleaf.
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