2012 Chicago Michelin Guide: Windy City Restaurants Seeing Stars!

Congratulations to all the honorees in the 2012 Michelin Guide Chicago!

OpenTable is pleased to offer our sincere congratulations to the 2012 Chicago Michelin star recipients! This year, 21 restaurants received well-deserved stars.

A single star from Michelin is impressive and indicates that a restaurant is very good, while three stars means that a restaurant is a destination in and of itself, worthy of a special culinary expedition.

Earning a stand-alone three-star rating is Grant Achatz’s Alinea. Charlie Trotter’s and Ria were awarded two stars apiece. New single-star honorees include Courtright’s and Moto. They join previous star recipients Blackbird, Boka, Bonsoirée, Everest, Graham Elliot, L20NAHA, Seasons Restaurant, Sepia, Spiaggia, Takashi, Topolobampo, TRU, and Vie, among others.

For a look at the behind-the-scenes machinations of inspectors and why some restaurants have slipped in the ratings, check out coverage on the Chicago Tribune and Eater Chicago.

How many Michelin-starred restaurants have you dined at in the Windy City? Tell us in the comments!


How to Take Foodspotting Photos (Unless You’re at Alinea)

PaprikaFrom the “Not-Exactly-Breaking-News” files, food photography is rampant at restaurants, thanks to, first, Flickr, then Twitpic, and now Foodspotting. The act of creating food porn, as a lot of people call it, while eating out has become more acceptable, even though it annoys some diners. I admit I’ve done this a few times — but very surreptitiously and only to let a friend see what she’s missing. Cruel, I know.

The New York Times details the rise of food photography’s popularity and also provides a practical guide from blogger Andrew Scrivani to taking the best food photos on the fly. If you don’t want to offend your fellow diners, at Bon Appetit, BA Foodist Andrew Knowlton list three simple rules for taking food pics on the sly. Whatever you do regarding foodie photography, don’t do it at Alinea, lest you incur the wrath of the great Grant Achatz.