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Best of the Best

Best Restaurant

Best Chef
Michael Carlson (Schwa)

Best Dish
Copperblue’s lobster poached in rue-scented beurre monte, with whitefish roulade and warm caviar gelée

Best Dessert
The “s’more” at Parlor

Juiciest Fried Chicken
Pollo Campero (2730 N. Narragansett Ave.; 773-622-6657) swears by its secret recipe

Most Authentic Neapolitan Pizza
At Spacca Napoli (1769 W. Sunnyside Ave.; 773-878-2420), even the bricks in the oven are from Italy

Best Turkey Burger
Luxbar (18 E. Bellevue Place; 312-642-3400) uses freshly ground roasted turkey and no filler in these babies

Best Chef In A Bowling Alley
Eric Possa at Lucky Strike Lanes (AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.; 312-245-8331) has a résumé that includes Avenues and Les Nomades

Amazing Barbecue
Bones worth rolling up your sleeves for at Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue (249 E. Irving Park Rd., Wood Dale; 630-238-8261)

Brussels sproutsFlavored popcorn
Pistachio nutsLincoln Square
Braised short ribsBeet salads
Logan SquareKobe beef
Burger flightsPortobellos
Mini ice-cream shakesMeyer lemons
German rieslings Grappas

Best Of Brazil
The seafood on the salad bar at Brazzaz (539 N. Dearborn St.; 312-595-9000) tips the scale

Most creative small plates
At sexy del Toro (1520 N. Damen Ave.; 773-252-1500)

Quickest Morph
After an eight-year run, Thyme became the more Italianate Timo (464 N. Halsted St.; 312-226-4300)—in one week flat

Biggest Letdowns
Narra (Hotel Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston; 847-556-2772)
Banana Moon (730 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield; 847-948-1100)

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