Michael who? We have our own champions to crow about.
Design Acumen: 9.6
The judges love Sodikoff’s menagerie: Upstairs includes oxidized mirrors scrawled with brasserie buzzwords, tufted booths, and a vintage sink spilling with raw catch; downstairs gets broody with papier-mache animal busts, low lighting, and Persian rugs.
Mastication Mastery: 9.9
Points for excellent execution of straightforward classics: seafood towers, Gruyere popovers, and fresh oysters. Bonuses for beef that’s dry aged in-house, short rib stroganoff, black label meat loaf, and pork porterhouse for two. Standout sides include potatoes loaded, baked, mashed, and hashed.
Liquid Luster: 9.8
A game-changing brown spirits list (Scotch, whiskey, bourbon), memorable throwbacks (cognac Sazerac, Kir Royale), plus winning wines (Sodikoff’s most diverse list to date).
Victory has never tasted so sweet.
Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, 218 West Kinzie Street, between Wells and Franklin Streets (312-624-8154).
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