Time Out Chicago's Annual Eat Out Awards is serving firsts, seconds and thirds to home-grown Chicago eateries. A staggering 12,652 TOC readers voted in 15 categories ranging from "Best New Restaurant" to "Best Local Chain." The Critics' Choice portion of the awards featured creative award titles such as "Coziest Place to Hibernate," "Best Use of Egg Yolks" and "Best Creative Loafing."
Frank Sennett, the magazine's President and Editor-in-Chief, spoke with Chicago Tonight about some of his favorite places to dine in the city.
Next, 953 W. Fulton Mkt - If you want to indulge, there is no place better than Grant Achatz and Dave Beran's newest superstar. Sennett says the restaurant especially embraces creativity, which helped it earn the title of "Best New Restaurant." Chef Beran also won the Readers' Choice for "Breakout Chef of the Year."
Doughnut Vault, 401 ½ N. Franklin St. - Have a sweet tooth? Doughnut Vault, "Best New Sweet Shop," can satisfy your craving by the dozen. The maple frosted is Sennett's personal favorite.
Xoco, 499 N. Clark St - Want celebrity food at a modest price? Sennett suggests Xoco, Rick Bayless' carry-out restaurant. It's the perfect place to grab a torta on your lunch break and enjoy a mid-afternoon churro. Who can resist the freshly ground hot chocolate?
Tortas Frontera, Terminal 1, B11 and Terminal 3, K4, O'Hare Airport – Rick Bayless departs from the standard airport food, bringing high-quality Mexican food to the friendly skies. Next time you experience a delay at O’Hare, sink your teeth into a Mollete, a warm, open-faced sandwich, and sip on a margarita.
- Article written by Intern Meredith Garretson