End-of-week review time: Michael Nagrant goes to Red Violet in Chicago where "the service and food...is about as harmonious as a duet between Bob Dylan and the infamous 2004 American Idol washout William Hung." Jenny Turknett at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution gives four out of five stars to the $59-a-head buffet brunch at the Ritz Carlton. Matt Odam says Lenoir in Austin is like "a rustic French beach house in Vietnam to which Alice would escape when she tires of Wonderland."
Austin American Statesman: Lenoir, 9 out of 10
Washington Post/Tom Sietsema: Society Fair, 2.5 stars
Inquirer/Craig LaBan: The Pickled Heron, 2 bells (out of 4)
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