For his first restaurant, Oprah’s former personal chef, Art Smith, chose a two story carriage house on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Goat-cheese biscuits arrive as an amuse bouche and the comfort-food menu includes fried green tomatoes with greens and ham and wild shrimp with white corn grits. Some of the best seats in the yellow, barn-like space are at the chef’s counter, with a front-row view of the wood-fired oven.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
A popular haunt of the city’s food critics and chefs, this unremarkable-looking tapas bar near Retiro Park serves chef David Laredo’s exquisite market-driven dishes. The wine list is heavy on interesting choices, such as Sketch, a biodynamic Albariño.
We loved: , a thick gazpacho; seasonal vegetable tempura with sweet sherry vinegar.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.