3 Celebrity Chef Restaurants You Need To Check Out

640px-Corby_Kummer_interviews_Mario_Batali_at_3rd_annual_Food_Summit_May_24,_2012If you’re like me, one of the ways you enjoy food is by watching other people prepare. Thank goodness for Food Network and the Cooking Channel! I watch Top Chef and Iron Chef, and I admit that I’m a sucker for the bizarre situations that chefs get thrown in on Chopped. (I mean, where else can you see chefs juggle emu eggs, bone marrow and…brown bread in a can?!?).

Girl and the Goat – Stephanie Izard

Chicago

In 2007, Stephanie performed on Top Chef and wowed the judges with her handiwork. Then, in 2010 Girl and the Goat was founded. But, this isn’t Izard’s first rodeo. She opened up her first restaurant Scylla in Chicago’s Bucktown in 2003. Girl and the Goat was nominated for the prestigious James Beard award in 2011 and won the award for Best Chef: Great Lakes in 2013. But those are just the credentials. I can tell you that if you eat there you ought to try the beef short ribs. They’re  light, crispy, and have the perfect crunch. The goat shank and the broccoli are also must try items, with extra emphasis on the goat.

Babbo – Mario Batali

New York

If you’ve flipped on any food channel at any point, there’s a pretty high chance that you’ve seen this impressive chef. He’s on the Chew, Molto Mario, Mario Eats Italy, and Ciao America with Mario Batali. Bacco is the product of Batali’s collaboration with the also much acclaimed Joseph Bastianich. It opened its doors in 1998 and managed to also snag the James Beard award for Best New Restaurant that same year. There’s no shortage of fine Italian restaurants in the States, but Bacco sets itself apart as one of the best. You can order a big plate or take your time with the a la carte menu. I’d recommend the grilled octopus (so tender), the lamb chops (ok, i’m a big fan of lamb), and the pappardelle bolognese (amazing meat sauce). Make sure you to save room for some dessert!

Gato – Bobby Flay

New York

Alright, so there are two New York restaurants on this list. I have ton of respect for restaurants outside of the city, but you have to admit: this town has some serious eats. And when I think of serious eats, I think Bobby Flay. Chef Flay doesn’t need too much of an introduction. He’s one of THE faces of Food Network and Iron Chef America. He has over 30 years of restaurant experience and has opened many restaurants including Mesa and Bar Americain, but Gato holds a special place in my heart. The oven roasted shrimp is out of this world, the crab risotto is on point, and for my veggie friends out there, the kale and wild mushroom paella is amazing. Look, I made it through a list of my favorite dishes without mentioning lamb! Wait…they do make a great lamb with salsa verde, which is just as unique and good as it sounds. So much for that.

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