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Roister, Oriole, Smyth Among New Fulton Market Michelin Winners

By Stephanie Lulay | November 2, 2016 12:35pm | Updated on November 2, 2016 1:27pm
 The team behind Alinea and The Aviary will officially open new restaurant Roister at 951 W. Fulton Market on Friday.
The team behind Alinea and The Aviary will officially open new restaurant Roister at 951 W. Fulton Market on Friday.
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WEST LOOP — Two new Fulton Market restaurants were awarded Michelin star distinctions, the restaurants revealed Wednesday. 

Oriole, the 28-seat fine-dining restaurant by Executive Chef Noah Sandoval and Pastry Chef Genie Kwon, received a coveted two stars in the 2017 Michelin Guide, according to the restaurant's official Twitter account. The restaurant, in a quiet stretch of the West Loop at 661 W. Walnut St., opened in March.

Michael Ellis, the International Director of the Michelin Guide, said that Oriole is a rarity in the culinary world, having attained a two-star rating in its first year in business. Sandoval moved on from one-star rated Senza after it closed one year ago. 

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"Despite his relative youth, the Michelin inspectors were impressed by chef Sandoval’s creativity, consistency, and ability to combine different cooking styles and products in his cuisine," Ellis wrote. 

Roister, the Alinea team's rustic restaurant at 951 W. Fulton Market, was awarded one star this year, Chef Andrew Brochu announced via Twitter Wednesday. Roister opened in April. 

Smyth, the fine-dining half of husband-wife team John B. Shields and Karen Urie Shields' Smyth & The Loyalist, also earned one star this year, The restaurant, at 177 N. Ada St., opened in August. 

Grace Keeps Three Stars

Curtis Duffy's Grace restaurant, at 652 W. Randolph St. in the West Loop, also earned a coveted three-star rating for the third year in a row. 

In November 2014, Grace joined Alinea in the top slot, making the pair the only three-star restaurants in Chicago. The West Loop eatery was the first restaurant other than Alinea to earn that distinction since 2010.

Duffy received the James Beard Award for Best Chef Great Lakes earlier this year. 

Blackbird and Sepia in the West Loop were again awarded one star. EL Ideas in Douglas Park and Dusek's in Pilsen also maintained one-star ratings. 

The full 2017 Michelin Guide was revealed Wednesday afternoon. 

The 2017 Michelin Bib Gourmands list, awarding restaurants that provide "quality food at a reasonable price," was announced last week. 

This is a developing story. Check back for details. 

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