Chicago 2014 Michelin Starred Restaurants Revealed: Book a Table Today!

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goosefoot is among the Michelin recipients in Chicago.

OpenTable is pleased to highlight the Michelin Guide Chicago 2014* star recipients. Twenty-five restaurants are included, with one Chicago restaurant receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, and four achieving two Michelin stars, including Sixteen. Twenty restaurants earned one Michelin star, with five new additions.

Star recipients include:

Three Stars: Alinea.

Two Stars: Grace, Graham Elliot, L20 and Sixteen.

One Star: AcadiaBlackbirdBoka, Everestgoosefoot, The LobbyMexiqueMotoNAHA, North Pond, SenzaSepia, SpiaggiaTakashiTopolobampo, and Tru.

How many of this year’s Michelin-starred Chicago-area restaurants have you dined at? Weigh in here or over on Facebook.

* OpenTable is not connected or affiliated with, or sponsored or endorsed by, The MICHELIN Guide.

Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Cauliflower

CauliflowerIs cauliflower the new Brussels sprout? If these reviews are any indication, it’s certainly looking that way — and it’s unsurprising. They’re both members of the brassicaceae, or cabbage, family. And they’re both quite diverse ingredients, although cauliflower might be even more so, due to its size and texture. Used in everything from purees and soups to pasta sauces and fritters, cauliflower has gotten a promotion to standalone entree, especially in the form of savory steaks. Cauliflower’s origins in upscale cookery date all the way back to La Varenne’s Le Cuisinier François. While the most common varietal is white, green, orange, and purple cultivars are growing in popularity. They each taste very similar to one another, but the more colorful cauliflowers contain more nutrients and antioxidants. Whichever you enjoy, and however it is prepared, cauliflower is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this delicious vegetable in recent reviews. 

Bar Tartine, San Francisco, California: “Love the mason jar presentation of pickled vegetables; curried cauliflower was our favorite.”

* Brasserie Max & Julie, Houston, Texas: “I had the special, which was a grilled halibut, and my boyfriend had the salmon — both were great. The cauliflower gratin was yummy, too!”

Cerulean, Indianapolis, Indiana: “Would definitely recommend the cauliflower fritas (they look like fried mozzarella, but it’s pureed cauliflower instead).”

* Davanti Enoteca, Scottsdale, Arizona: “We enjoyed the cauliflower steak and the truffle egg toast; they both were delicious.”

The Eclectic Restaurant-Bar-Lounge, North Hollywood, California: “The fried cauliflower on the late-night menu was amazing!”

Elizabeth on 37th, Savannah, Georgia: “Delectable dinner — amazing touches! The snapper was perfect, accompanied with a heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth cauliflower-goat cheese flan.”

Etch, Nashville, Tennessee: “The roasted cauliflower appetizer was fantastic…smoky taste with a hint of truffle oil and a smoked pea pesto.” Continue Reading

OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Best Restaurants for Service

In honor of the art of excellence in restaurant hospitality, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants for Service in the United States and highlight the Top 10 honorees for hospitality. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Top 10 Best Restaurants for Service in the U.S., in rank order, are:

  1. Kai – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort – Chandler, Arizona
  2. The French Laundry – Yountville, California
  3. NAOE – Miami, Florida
  4. ON20 – Hartford, Connecticut
  5. Vetri – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  6. Saison – San Francisco, California
  7. The Kitchen Restaurant – Sacramento, California
  8. Addison at The Grand Del Mar – San Diego, California
  9. The Painted Lady – Newberg, Oregon
  10. Palace Arms at the Brown Palace – Denver, Colorado

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The complete list of winners, which includes Eleven Madison Park in New York City, goosefoot in Chicago, and La Belle Vie in Minneapolis, spans 28 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. California restaurants earned 14 spots on the list, followed by New York with 10 winners and Florida and North Carolina with eight apiece. South Carolina and Virginia each boast six winning restaurants, trailed by Illinois with five and Pennsylvania with four. Arizona, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington all have three honorees, while Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, and Utah have two each. Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nevada restaurants are also included.

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Chicago 2013 Michelin Starred Restaurants Named: Reserve Now!

Have you dined at any — or all — of these Michelin-starred Chicago restaurants?

OpenTable is pleased to highlight the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2013. Nineteen restaurants are included, with one Chicago restaurant receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, and two achieving two Michelin stars, including Graham Elliot, which moved from one star to two. Sixteen restaurants earned one Michelin star, with four new additions.

Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. In the U.S., Chicago is one of only three cities where Michelin publishes an annual guide. The others are New York and San Francisco. The MICHELIN Guide New York 2013 was published October 3rd, and the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2013 was published October 24, 2012. Honorees include:

Three Stars: Alinea.

Two Stars: Graham Elliot and L20.

One Star: AcadiaBlackbirdBokaEverest, goosefootMexiqueMotoNAHA, SepiaSixteenSpiaggiaTakashiTopolobampo, and Tru.

How many of this year’s Michelin-starred Chicago-area restaurants have you dined at? Weigh in here or over on Facebook.