Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant in Chicago, IL, United States
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.
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.
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant in Chicago, IL, United States
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.