The Reader’s Best of Chicago 2008 issue came out today, and while we’re going to address Omnivorous tomorrow as per usual, it’s worth perusing while it’s still hot and fresh. Structured not entirely unlike Time Out Chicago’s Eat Out Awards, Best Of Chicago gives us the Reader’s choice and the readers’ choice (clever!) in eighteen categories, including the ever-critical best bathroom (the ladies’ room at the Signature Room at the 95th).
The best restaurant overall this year was Khan B.B.Q. according to Mike Sula and Lula Cafe according to the masses; Lula was also the people’s choice for best brunch. Throughout the categories, the Reader towed the foodie line while the readers opted toward that which is safe and well-known; the only intersection occurred at best bagel, which everyone agrees is New York Bagel & Bialy in Lincolnwood.
We generally trust the Reader’s editorial judgment on these things, though.
[Photo: Khan BBQ’s vaunted chicken, via Mgmax/flickr]