From a freshly minted batch of Michelin-starred restaurants to the removal of a controversial sign at a legendary Philly cheesesteak spot — plus openings, closings, and cross-country expansions — here’s what happened across the Eater Universe this week:
WASHINGTON DC — Michelin released its inaugural D.C. guide on Thursday. While no restaurants earned the coveted three-star rating, 12 restaurants in all were recognized; Minibar by José Andrés snagged two stars, as did The Inn at Little Washington. (Here’s a handy map of all the newly Michelin-recognized restaurants.)
CHICAGO — The James Beard Awards are staying in the Windy City through 2021, the Beard Foundation announced today. The culinary world’s biggest awards ceremony was held in New York each year until 2015, and many believed 2017 would be their last year in Chicago.
LA — Chef and Fresh Off the Boat author Eddie Huang is expanding his NYC restaurant Baohaus to the West Coast. Baohaus will take over the Chinatown space recently vacated by Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Phat Thai.
VEGAS — Legendary French chef Daniel Boulud is leaving Las Vegas. He’ll shutter DB Brasserie, his restaurant at the Venetian, in January 2017.
PHILADELPHIA — Iconic cheesesteak purveyor Geno’s Steaks has removed a controversial sign. Reading “This is America, when ordering, SPEAK ENGLISH,” it hung in the restaurant’s front window for a decade. (Other signs with messages like “Press 1 for English, press 2 for deportation” were thankfully more short-lived.)
NEW YORK — Election anxiety getting the best of you? Perhaps a visit to ‘Merica, the bizarre new “USA-themed” restaurant opening this weekend in the East Village, will set you straight. There you’ll find Trump and Hillary burgers, “bald eagle wings,” NASCAR memorabilia, a dish called “The Walmart,” and a TV playing Walker, Texas Ranger episodes on loop, among other things.
SAN FRANCISCO — Impossible Burger, one of two plant-based burgers that “bleed” to recently hit the market, is now being served at two of SF’s hottest restaurants: Chris Cosentino’s Cockscomb and Traci Des Jardins’ Jardiniere. So is it any good? Check out Eater’s taste test, below: