The Michelin Chicago 2013 dining guide will hit the shelves tomorrow with its verdicts on which restaurants deserve the guide's coveted stars, but reps have sent over a preview today, revealing the city's big winners and losers.
The big news this year isn't that Alinea retained its three-star status, but that it's still the only restaurant in town to hold that honor. That said, L20 moved back up the list, gaining a second star under chef Matthew Kirkley. And the big surprise is that Graham Elliot, which saw controversy this year after losing both exec chef Andrew Brochu and pastry chef Bryce Caron, actually moved up to two stars. Eater spoke with the Michelin Guide editor (who remains anonymous) today and she insisted the decision was made based on "multiple meals over a number of years, before, during and after Brochu left ... Graham Elliot is the chef and still remains."