The New Chicago Hot Spots! #TOCEatOutAwards

This week, I attended the Time Out Chicago Eat Out Awards that were held at Terzo Piano, located in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. If you love al fresco dining in a glammed-up atmosphere with a spectacular view of Millennium Park, make this a must do on your Chi-town bucket list.

Dress: Gap, Necklace: Bauble Bar, Clutch and Earrings: my own designs

There were some amazing culinary creations to sample, as well as yummy cocktails such as Smirnoff’s Sorbet Light Vodka and Ciroc’s new flavors.

My favorite treat; here’s a similar recipe if you feel inspired!

S’mores Tart

And the winners are:

Best New Restaurant: Fat Rice
Best New Bar: Scofflaw
Breakout Chef of the Year: Lee Wolen, The Lobby at the Peninsula Chicago
Best New Pastry Chef: Anna Shovers, The Publican
Restaurateur of the Year: Brendan Sodikoff
Best New Cocktail Program: Charles Joly, The Aviary and The Office
Neighborhood Joint of the Year: Carriage House
Cheap Eatery of the Year: Antique Taco
Best New Sweets Shop: Bang Bang Pie Shop
Best New BYOB: ATK
Best New Brunch: Au Cheval
Best New Barbecue: Bub City 
Best New Sushi: Kai Zan
Best New Coffee Shop: Little Goat Bread
Best Local Microbrewery: Revolution Brewing

What am I most excited about? Little Goat Bread, possibly the only Little Goat any of us will be able to actually get into without a 1 year waiting list.

Also, ATK– we don’t have a lot of excellent Thai restaurants in the ‘burbs, and a BYOB to boot? Sign me up.

Have you made a cameo at any of these hot spots? Let me know what you think!