What can you expect to encounter this fall in Chicago? It’s impossible to know for sure, but it feels to us like every trend of early 2011 has been blown up on a grander scale. If every other opening in January and February served French food, few had the gall to open one as massive as the upcoming Nellcôte, which plans to serve refined European soul food in a setting recalling the villa where the Rolling Stones spent their most debaucherous recording session. You want wine bars? There will be two of those. Steak? Obviously. A new butcher shop? How about one from Paul Kahan. Of course, we still expect the unexpected to grab our attention. (If anyone would have told us that Chicagoans would lose their cool over doughnuts, we would have laughed.) But here are the restaurants to start salivating over right now. And make sure you check out Grub Street’s fall preview coverage in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Boston, too!
Just a few of the big chefs