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Jan 4, 2013 07:03 AM

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

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

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    1. re: KrumTx

      I'm a charter member of that club.

        1. re: LindaWhit

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

          1. re: mcf

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

      1. re: KrumTx

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

        1. re: JAB

          We're stacked up like cord wood!

          I could never step foot in her place.

        2. re: KrumTx

          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.

          1. re: juliejulez

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

            1. re: juliejulez

              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.

            2. What, no Spike Mendelsohn?

              just kidding ...

              1. 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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                1. re: DGresh

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: TrishUntrapped

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

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      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.