Best Biz Eats
Crain’s 7th business dining survey just came out. Newcomers, Tesoris, Piccolo Sogno Due, Bavette’s, Tortoise Club, Acadia, Tavernita and Maison Brassierie all received the green light for great business feed and meets. Seventeen established restaurants also received the stamp of approval under “tried and true favorites” from the Pump Room to Shaw’s Crab House. (See the entire list here.) Most of the call outs were made with lunch in mind, but several restaurants were also noted for breakfast meetings; Chicago Cut Steakhouse on LaSalle and Pierrot Gourmet in the Penninsula.
The top 250 restaurant rankings from the fourth quarter of last year have posted and according to the Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI), more than one third of consumers in the U.S. now connect to restaurants on social media. (Complete roll call here.)
Big news comes in the Top 10 where long time #1 Starbucks was dethroned to the second slot by McDonalds. All but two of the top ten were fast serve chains: Buffalo Wild Wings and Hard Rock Café.
Did you hear that tickets for Baconfest sold out in 41 minutes when they went on sale last week for the April 20th event? Baconeers devour more than 4,000 pounds of bacon each year at the event. Talk about sizzle!
Nostalgic L. Woods Tap and PineLodge in Lincolnwood recently introduced online ordering available for pick-up and delivery. 2013 marks L. Woods’ 15th year in business; congratulations!
BTW… Did you know Lincolnwood was originally called Tessville when it incorporated in 1911? The village was first known as a “saloon infested farm town” until the name was changed in 1936.
Upside? BK got new followers from the snafu which just proves the old adage – any press is good press.