Not all that glitters is gold. We asked Chicago’s industry writers to tell us their biggest dining grievances of 2019. Here’s what’s on the chopping block for the year.
Ariel Cheung, Plate, Chicago, Time Out Chicago, Block Club: It was really hard to see Quiote go, and it served as an important reminder that we need to patronize the established places just as much as the newcomers. I don’t want to see other favorites go the same way.
Jeff Ruby, Chicago: The usual lack of graciousness. Most restaurants get this right, but the ones that don’t always stand out. I was at a new place in the West Loop that will go unnamed, and I was waiting for my table at the bar, and I moved a bar stool a few feet to sit near a friend, and the bartender absolutely lost his mind. “We don’t allow that here,” he said. Then he made me move it back. Nothing says hospitality like “We don’t allow that here.”
Morgan Olsen, Time Out Chicago: I’m disheartened by the fact that this industry is riddled with abuses of power — whether it’s something tangible, like harassment or violence, or it’s more abstract, like a toxic workplace. Bottom line: Restaurant workers deserve better.