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Avec tops Zagat list of top 50 Chicago restaurants; Alinea, Frontera Grill in second, third spots

Zagat.com today released its list of Chicago’s Top 50 restaurants.

Topping the list is the tony Avec in the West Loop. The website describes it thusly:

“You’ll want to “try everything” at Paul Kahan’s “always-packed” West Loop Mediterranean, a “foodie-worthy” “best in Chicago” thanks to “absolutely delicious”, “inventive” small plates including “life-changing” stuffed dates; the “minimalist” digs have communal seats (“prepare to sit with strangers”), and no reservations often mean “long waits”, but it remains a “standard go-to” when you want to “impress.””

In second place, is Grant Achatz’ eclectic, world-class Alinea, followed by Rick Bayless’ iconic Frontera Grill in River North.

According to Zagat.com:

“Rick Bayless is at his “finest” at this River North Mexican that’s “still clicking on all cylinders” after 25-plus years, turning out “top-notch” dishes “full of rich flavors” and “original” touches.”

Rounding up the Top Five are: the River North surf ‘n turf mainstay Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab; and the West Rogers Park sushi icon Katsu Japanese Restaurant.

How did they make the Zagat list?

According to the website:

“Zagat tabulates diner’s ratings “on a 30-point scale and our editors summarize the reviews so you don’t have to. Our goal is simple: to help you quickly decide where to eat, drink, shop and stay. With our mobile app, website and full integration with Google Maps and Search, Zagat helps you cut through the clutter to find the world’s best bacon cheeseburger or the trendiest new boutique hotel. Because the less time you spend searching, the more time you can spend living.”

The complete list of Chicago’s Top 50 restaurants can be found at zagat.com.