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Zagat on which Top Chef run restaurants live up to their hype

mcf Jan 4, 2013 07:03 AM


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    KrumTx RE: mcf Jan 4, 2013 07:12 AM

    Thanks for the link. I know I'm a horrible person by being bummed that Heather is doing well.

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      mcf RE: KrumTx Jan 4, 2013 07:59 AM

      I'm a charter member of that club.

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        LindaWhit RE: mcf Jan 4, 2013 08:22 AM


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          mcf RE: LindaWhit Jan 4, 2013 08:27 AM

          I said SH*T out loud when I read it.

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            LindaWhit RE: mcf Jan 4, 2013 08:32 AM

            And if I hadn't pre-read it here, I would have done so as well. HOWEVER.....it does seem people go more for the drinks than the food, the few reviews I've read.

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        JAB RE: KrumTx Jan 4, 2013 08:42 AM

        Skooch over a little, it's getting cramped in here.

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          C. Hamster RE: JAB Jan 4, 2013 09:11 AM

          We're stacked up like cord wood!

          I could never step foot in her place.

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          juliejulez RE: KrumTx Jan 4, 2013 10:41 AM

          If it helps it's not really "her" restaurant. She didn't open it, she was just hired to be the chef. It's owned by Kimpton and it's basically a hotel bar with some food and great drinks.

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            cwdonald RE: juliejulez Jan 4, 2013 03:29 PM

            They have woefully overrated Sbraga ... the best thing at that restaurant are the desserts that are made by his wife.

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              chicgail RE: juliejulez Jan 7, 2013 07:21 AM

              Sable is a great bar. The drink menu has chapters. That being said, Heather presides over creative and sometimes good bar food. I know it has it's fans, but I am hard-pressed to say what's so great about the food.

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              KailuaGirl RE: KrumTx Jan 6, 2013 06:36 PM

              Make room for me, too!

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              taos RE: mcf Jan 5, 2013 07:52 PM

              What, no Spike Mendelsohn?

              just kidding ...

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                DGresh RE: mcf Jan 6, 2013 07:08 AM

                Was disappointed they didn't mention Volt; I'm hoping to try his place out if I'm ever in the Maryland area--

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                  piccola RE: DGresh Jan 6, 2013 11:26 AM

                  There's a link on the page to a previous article that mentions Volt, if I recall correctly.

                2. TrishUntrapped RE: mcf Jan 6, 2013 09:35 PM

                  When I was in Chicago last year I had the pleasure to dine at both Sable and Girl & The Goat and enjoyed them both very much.

                  We stayed at the Palomar, a wonderful hotel, first rate service, and had a couple meals at Sable. You can say what you want about Heather but her kitchen turns out great food. Yes, the cocktails are terrific and the room is sleek and cool. But the food is also excellent, especially for snacking. Root Beer Glazed Short Rib Sliders, Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffles, Pomegranate House Smoked Pork Ribs, Mini Lamb Burgers with Feta Cheese, we loved them all.

                  A huge hats off to Stephanie Izard. She does everything the right way. Girl & The Goat is so popular that rezzies need to be made three months or more in advance. Yet, not one to disappoint, she always keeps some seats open for walk-ins. And unlike some chefs who are never at their restaurants (and yes Scott Conant, I am talking about you), Stephanie is there... in the back of the house expediting orders. She works hard! Yet if you want to say hi and grab a quick photo she accommodates graciously and with a smile. And the food is first rate delicious!

                  I'm proud of these women. They are good!

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                    LindaWhit RE: TrishUntrapped Jan 7, 2013 05:32 AM

                    Stephanie Izard just seemed like a good person all around on her season of TC, and I'm glad to hear it is so.

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                      chicgail RE: LindaWhit Jan 7, 2013 07:22 AM

                      I've run into Stephanie Izard - often - at the Green City Market, Chicago biggest and most prestigious famers market. She is indeed lovely and gracious.

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