Heather Shouse looks back at the chefs, foods and trends that February was good (and bad) for.
GOOD FOR: Detroit expats. No longer will they have to experience random cravings for chili-topped “coney” hot dogs (or Greek salads) now that Leo’s Coney Island has hit Chicago.
GOOD FOR: Los Angeles. With the announcement that Rick Bayless’s food will be served at Red O, that city is getting pretty damn close to being as delicious as Chicago.
GOOD FOR: Boy Scout dropouts. The Foursquare smart-phone app allows them to earn “badges” for sharing tips about various bars and restaurants throughout the city. (Which is a lot cooler than knot tying.)
GOOD FOR: The Brown Sack. Now that the Money Shot has opened, it’s no longer holding the gold for worst restaurant name.
BAD FOR: Jennifer Gavin. Last month, the chef appeared in this column’s “good” side. But shortly after that, she left Big Easy in a huff.
BAD FOR: The City of Chicago, which lost all of our trust (what we had left, anyway) when it mercilessly tossed thousands of dollars worth of food from Kitchen Chicago—and came up with shoddy reasoning for doing so.
BAD FOR: Regina Pavone. A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Olé Olé owner over alleged unpaid wages and misappropriated tips.