Banchet Awards nominees are out, showcasing best of Chicago dining
Oriole was nominated as the city’s best restaurant for a second year in a row, and this year the West Loop spot will be competing against Brindille, MFK and Smyth.
Oriole snatched the title of Chicago’s best new restaurant in 2016, and last year was nominated for best restaurant losing to George Trois. This year, the New American eatery will have to compete with Brindille, MFK restaurant and Smyth for the top accolade. Alisha Elenz, chef of MFK, took home Rising Chef of the Year at last year’s awards.
The local award ceremony recognizes top talent in all aspects of Chicago’s restaurant industry, with awards for cooking, bartending, service and restaurant designed. Over 2,500 members of the public voted on the final nominees, but the final list was decided by a panel representing the city’s culinary community, with input from critics, journalists and representatives from the hospitality world.
Winners will be announced Jan. 19 at an award ceremony at Venue Six10. Restaurants that win in a particular category are not eligible again in that category for three years.
Here are the nominees:
Honoring the most creative and outstanding talents in preparing and serving beverages.
- Kevin Beary (The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash)
- Roger Landes and Lanie Bayless (Bar Sótano)
- Juanjo Pulgarin (Vajra)
- Lee Zaremba (Lazy Bird)
Best Restaurant Service
Honoring the establishment providing the highest level of welcoming and helpful service.
- Gibsons Italia
- Naoki Sushi