Food & Drink

These spots will be hot next year

There's a good chance the Cubs will be eating Alfonso Soriano's contract in 2013, but in the meantime let Chi's food folks point you toward more pleasant options

Charlie McKenna, Chef/Owner, Lillie's Q"Really looking forward to eating and drinking my way through Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat. Can’t wait for Grace to see what Curtis Duffy’s next chapter will bring -- he’s got a hell of a book so far. And we’re gonna see what Matt Eversman is really all about with OON."

Audarshia Townsend, 312 Dining Diva"All the power players for sure! Carrie Nahabedian's new spot, Brindille; plus Curtis Duffy's Grace; Stephanie Izard's Little Goat; and Alpana Singh's The Boarding House.

Jared Van Camp, Executive Chef, Nellcote"Really looking forward to checking out Stephanie Izard's Little Goat opening up just across the street from Nellcôte. It should be a great place to grab breakfast before I head back to my kitchen. I also can't wait to check out Alpana's wine list at Boarding House. I've been excited about it ever since they announced the opening, and I think she's doing some really interesting things in Chicago.

Rick Ortiz, Chef/Owner, Antique Taco"Must eat the Bocuse D’Or menu at Next… that is if I can get in. And I’m originally from Bridgeport, so I’m excited to see the Longman & Eagle crew setting up shop in Hyde Park with the Promontory.

Kevin Hickey, Executive Chef, Allium"Brindille. I can't wait for them, I'm so excited. I'm probably more excited about that than any restaurant opening in the last five years. From what little (Carrie Nahabedian) will tell me -- she's being very secretive, almost to the point I'm kind of mad -- but from what little I know, it's going to knock everyone's socks off."

Jason Hammel, Chef/Owner, Lula Cafe/ Nightwood"Three Dots and a Dash: Whatever Paul McGee is going to do in that tropical magic house of his."