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Newcity’s Top 5 of Everything 2013: Dining

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Top 5 Restaurant Openings
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
—Amber Gibson

Top 5 Places We Will Miss
Baume & Brix
Great Lake Pizza
West Town Tavern
—Amber Gibson

Top 5 Surprising Chef Moves
Rene De Leon leaving Next for Dawson, then leaving Dawson shortly after its opening
Dale Levitski leaving Sprout and Frog & Snail to travel and enjoy life
Bryan Moscatello leaving Storefront Company to return to The Little Nell in Aspen
Ryan Poli leaving Tavernita and Little Market Brasserie to stage around the world
Mike Sheerin leaving Trenchermen for Cicchetti
—Amber Gibson

Top 5 Chefs Taking Chicago by Storm
Aaron Cuschieri, Slurping Turtle
Tim Havidic, iNG
Ali Ratcliffe-Bauer, Brindille
Thomas Van Lente, TWO
Lee Wolen, leaving The Lobby for exec chef position at Boka
—Amber Gibson

Top 5 Pastry Chefs Making Chicago a Sweeter Place
Craig Harzewski, NAHA/Brindille
Jennifer Jones, Topolobampo
Leigh Omilinsky, Cafe des Architectes/Sofitel
Thomas Raquel, Acadia
Bobby Schaffer, Grace
—Amber Gibson

Top 5 Food Parties
Spiaggia’s Ferragosto beach party
Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball
Taste of the Nation
Chicago Gourmet
“Spinning Plates” premiere party at the Aviary
—Amber Gibson

Top 5 Farmers Market Eats
Atomic pork tamale by Dia De Los Tamales
Southport grilled cheese by Gayle’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese
Empanadas by Pecking Order
Honey apple goat cheese cream puff from Puffs of Doom
Beef heart with duck fat potatoes and spiced parsley sauce on pita by Spice
—Amber Gibson

Top 5 Food Trends That Need to Die
Bacon in desserts / pork belly everywhere
Kale and Brussels sprouts
“Local” and “seasonal” as dish descriptors
—Amber Gibson

Top 5 Cookbooks with Chicago Ties in 2013
Taste Memories: Recipes for Life and Breakfast by Ina Pinkney (self-published)
The New Chicago Diner Cookbook: Meat-free Recipes from America’s Veggie Diner by Jo A. Kaucher with Kat Barry & The Chicago Diner Crew (Agate Midway)
The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie: Recipes, Techniques, and Wisdom from the Hoosier Mama Pie Company by Paula Haney (Author), Allison Scott (Contributor) (Agate Midway)
Hot Doug’s: The Book by Doug Sohn (Author), Graham Elliot (Introduction) , Kate DeVivo (Contributor) (Agate Midway)
The Craft of Beer Pairing: The American Craft Beer Cookbook by John Holl (Storey Publishing, LLC)
—Veronica Hinke

Top 5 Main Meal Salads
Garbage Salad – Rosebud
Kale and Green Papaya Salad – BellyQ
Caesar Salad with Meatballs (tableside) – David Burke’s Primehouse
Cobb – Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush
Crab-stuffed Avocado Salad – Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf
 —Veronica Hinke

Top 5 Theme Menus
Seven-Course Chef’s Tasting Menu – Storefront Company
Omakase – Takashi
Fauna – Grace
Flora – Grace
Salvador Dali – iNG
—Veronica Hinke

Top 5 Talked About Resto Changes in 2013
Ina’s to shutter on New Year’s Eve after thirty-three years
Gale Gand to join the Hearty Boys with Spritz Burger (Anticipated opening: February 2014)
Spiaggia’s relaxed revamp
Lee Wolen to join Boka
Original Graham Elliot to shutter on New Year’s Eve with plans to re-open with new concept in spring 2014
—Veronica Hinke

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