Well, it's foodie award season and another list has been revealed. This one celebrates the best of the newbies. I'm happy to see some of my new favorites on the list. Congrats to all the winners and nominees as well, who continue to help the Chicago food scene soar to new heights.
I'm sharing the award winners posted today by Eater. Find the full article here.
Eater Awards 2015
Restaurant of the Year Nominees: The Angry Crab, Dove's Luncheonette, The Duck Inn, Intro, Momotaro Finalists: The Duck Inn, Intro, Momotaro Winner: The Duck Inn It's not easy being the restaurant poster-child for one of Chicago's classic working-class neighborhoods, but creative everyman chef Kevin Hickey and an unlikely partnership with the Rockit Ranch group leaped over the bar by both reigniting south-side Bridgeport and creating one delicious restaurant with The Duck Inn.
Chef of the Year Nominees: Ashlee Aubin, Dennis Bernard, Kevin Hickey, Jimmy Papadopoulos, Jason Paskewitz Finalists: Jimmy Papadopoulos, Jason Paskewitz, Kevin Hickey Winner: Jimmy Papadopoulos One of Chicago's best new chefs rose from relative obscurity to put his creative stamp on a cuisine that many Chicagoans were born and raised on. The unique spins and gorgeous presentations Papadopoulos puts on Eastern European cuisine at Bohemian House make him a chef to watch for years to come.
Bartender of the Year Nominees: Paul McGee, Julia Momose, Liz Pearce, Freddie Sarkis, Brian Sturgulewski Finalists: Julia Momose, Paul McGee, Liz Pearce Winner: Paul McGee Five bars. That's how many openings - and cocktail programs - celebrated cocktailer Paul McGee oversaw in 2015, including his hit tiki follow-up to Three Dots and a Dash (Lost Lake) and four bars within the gorgeously restored Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.
So Hot Right Now Nominees: The Blanchard, Boeufhaus, Bom Bolla, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, GreenRiver Finalists: The Blanchard, Boeufhaus, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Winner: Boeufhaus A few of Chicago's top restaurant groups and chefs opened steakhouses in 2015. But perhaps the city's best new meat-driven restaurant came from a pair of relative unknowns in a neighborhood not known for pricey cuisine - and some of its best, most creative dishes aren't even the steaks.
Stone Cold Stunner Nominees: The Betty, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, The Drifter, The Franklin Room, Swift & Sons Finalists: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, The Franklin Room, Swift & Sons Winner: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel The longtime private club and nineteenth century time capsule on Michigan Avenue underwent one of the most painstaking and gorgeous restorations in recent memory and the food and beverage concepts - mostly overseen by Land and Sea Dept (Longman & Eagle) - are now some of the most fascinating and special places to eat, drink and play in Chicago.