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Mi Tocaya’s Diana Davila Gets Another Huge Accolade

Plus, Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud made the Chicago rounds this weekend and more intel

Diana Davila
Nick Fochtman

Food & Wine named Mi Tocaya Antojeria’s Diana Davila one of the magazine’s best new chefs in America for 2018. The honor adds to a slew of recent accolades for Davila, including Eater Chicago’s chef of the year award, two James Beard Award semifinalist nods, and a Jean Banchet Award rising star chef of the year finalist nod. Writer Jordana Rothman describes Davila’s cooking as “confident and joyful, and each course lands like the first few lines of a story you’re going to want to remember.”

— Legendary chefs Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud were in town and ate at Smyth and The Loyalist with Nick Kokonas last night. Chef/owner John Shields cooked them a French omelette, which he wrote on Instagram “could be the highlight of my career.” Boulud also stopped at Marisol and BellyQ.

Hanbun, Eater Young Gun Dave Park’s sadly closed suburban Korean stalwart, will pop up at Kimski in Bridgeport tonight starting at 6 p.m. The event is no-reservations, counter-service, and first-come-first-served. There’s no word yet about a possible new Hanbun brick-and-mortar location.

Spoiler Alert: A Chicagoan won season six of “Masterchef Junior” on Friday night. Beni Cwiakala is a fifth-grader from Pilsen. Check out a clip of her winning moment here.

— Downtown mainstay RL now serves continental breakfast on weekdays beginning at 7 a.m., Crain’s reports.

— And finally, “Bar Rescue” featured River North spot Blue Frog’s Local 22 last night in a “Back to the Bar” episode which followed up on Blue Frog’s original feature back in 2011. Blue Frog shuttered on May 11, however, nine days before the episode aired. The episode was taped in late 2016, the Tribune reports.

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