14 Of The Year's Most Memorable Restaurant Openings & Revamps, & Our Reviews

By Anthony Todd in Food on Dec 19, 2016 3:06PM

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A selection of dishes at Steadfast. Photo by Kaitlyn McQuaid.

It's coming to the end of the year, which means it's time for all of us to look back at what we've done (and eaten) in the past 12 months. Turns out, I've reviewed a bunch of new restaurants. Some turned out great, some...not so great. Here are all of the spots I reviewed in 2016:

- I went back to the Milk Room on Michigan Avenue and, surprise, it was still freaking amazing.

- I found a new favorite steakhouse.

- Latinicity ... wasn't great. Especially their flagship restaurant, Pata Negra.

- On the other hand, Revival Food Hall rocked.

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Paul McGee behind the bar at Milk Room. Photo by Clayton Hauck.

- Despite a new chef, you still can't find good food with a view in this damn city, at least not at Cite.

- I continued to really like the Winchester even with a new menu.

- Food writers disagree strongly on this one, but I was in favor of Imperial Lamian.

- I was pretty lukewarm on Snaggletooth, though their fish is excellent.

- C Chicago (or Ocean Cut) is in the running for worst meal of the 2016.

- I had a strange obsession with Millie's Supper Club.

- Steadfast surprised me with how good it was.

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New England Stuffies. Photo by Kailley Lindman.

- Oyster Bah was a great little cousin to Shaw's.

- I drank everything at The Sixth and liked it all.

- It's now possible to get good food at O'Hare that isn't made by Rick Bayless, thanks to Publican Tavern.

- I had some amazing meals in Milwaukee, including at Ardent and Tre Rivoli.