Best Comeback | Eat Out Awards 2012

Best Comeback The Pump Room Aside from the name, there’s little that remains of this iconic Chicago restaurant since it received a glittering...

 (Photograph: Joe Bankmann)
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Photograph: Joe BankmannBest Comeback winner: the Pump Room (carrot avocado salad)
 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
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Photograph: Erica GannettBite Cafe
 (Photograph: Neil Burger)
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Photograph: Neil BurgerFranscesca's Forno
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsNoMI Kitchen
 (Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki)
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Photograph: Andrew NawrockiPasteur

Best ComebackThe Pump Room

Aside from the name, there’s little that remains of this iconic Chicago restaurant since it received a glittering face-lift by hotelier and Studio 54 cofounder Ian Schrager and world-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Today’s scene of hobnobbing, well-heeled patrons hardly resembles last year’s image of a restaurant fading into a forgotten relic. Newly appointed executive chef Moosah Reaume seamlessly churns out Vongerichten’s trademark farm-to-table dishes such as roasted beets with housemade yogurt, and whole-wheat flatbread topped with spinach, goat cheese and herbs. 1301 N State Pkwy (312-787-3700).

Other nomineesBite Cafe, Francesca’s Forno, NoMI Kitchen, Pasteur


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