Oprah's Favorite Chicago Restaurants

Oprah's Favorite Chicago Restaurants

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Want to eat like Oprah? Here are some of Oprah's favorite Chicago restaurants, "favorite" being defined as a restaurant Oprah has given a "shout out" to either on her show or in the press.

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    The talk show queen has been known to pop into this trendy sushi spot from time to time, often bringing along a celebrity who is in town.
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    Oprah's best friend Gayle King went on a search for "America's Top 20 Burgers" and placed Poag Mahone's 9-ounce hamburger at number 18. 
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    Alinea chef/owner Grant Achatz was a guest on Oprah's show, talking about his battle with cancer that almost cost him a big portion of his tongue and jaw -- which would have been devastating to the man who's been called one of the most revolutionary chefs in the country.
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    I have a feeling that Oprah's "favorite things" at this 4 star fine dining restaurant are well-known pastry chef Gale Gand's expertly prepared desserts.
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    In an interview with the local NBC affiliate, Oprah said that Ralph Lauren's venture into the dining business "is one of my favorite restaurants. It looks just like Ralph Lauren's house inside — it's gorgeous. You know, I don't get out much, but I've even braved cold Chicago winter nights to get there." Of course most of us proletariats have not been inside Ralph Lauren's house, so we'll just have to take her word for it.
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    Saying Table Fifty-Two is an Oprah fave is a no-brainer -- chef and co-owner Art Smith was previously Oprah's personal chef, so obviously she's a big fan of his cooking. That cachet, along with Smith's deft handling of Southern cuisine and the mere 60-odd seats, means you'll have to scratch and claw for a reservation here.
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