Time Out Chicago’s 2013 Eat Out Award Winners


Time Out Chicago’s 2013 Eat Out awards went down there were a lot of tight races. Most interesting is there was only one vote separating the winner of the Best New Restaurant and the runner up, which was the closest race in the awards history. There were two different lists of awards, the Critics’ Picks and the Readers’ Choice. It’s funny because there were awards given away like “Biggest Threat to Chipotle” (Covo) that made me laugh. The full list of Critics’ Picks are below, while the Readers’ Choice picks can be found here. I will let you know that the readers chose Fat Rice (2957 West Diversey) as the best new restaurant and the Bang Bang Pie Shop (2051 N. California) as the best new sweets shop, which is my favorite category.

Critics’ Picks:

The Borderline Crazy Award

Ward Eight

Nuttiest Side Project

Mama’s Nuts

Most Graceful Exit

The chocolates at Grace

The Team Spirit Award

Sauce and Bread Kitchen

The Delta Burke Award For Best Designing Woman

Karen Herold of 555 Design

Best Slice of Reality

James Spillane of Armitage Pizzeria

Garden Party of the Year

The Wheeler Mansion Market

Best New Southern Comfort

Pies at Bub City

Most Watchable Series Since Mad Men

Lula Breakfast Sandwich Series

Most Fashionable Farm-To-Table Restaurant

The Café at Ikram

Best Sit-Down Stand-Up Routine

Phil Ashbach at Phil’s Last Stand

Biggest Threat to Chipotle


The Rising Star Award

The bread at Bavette’s

The White Castle Award for Slider Enhancement

Beef tsukune slider at Sumi Robata Bar

Best Bar with a Restaurant Award

The Bar at Trenchermen


Photo: Erica Garnett