|Ryan McCaskey at Acadia (1639 S. Wabash)|
Acadia, Ryan McCaskey's fine-dining restaurant in the South Loop, was boosted to two Michelin stars, and Parachute and Dusek's Board & Beer received one star apiece, as the Michelin Guide announced its star selection for Chicago restaurants Tuesday.
"McCaskey's got it all," said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide. "He has great technique and produces elegant food that tastes great. For a restaurant to go from one star to two, that's what we like to see."
Acadia's promotion and the first-ever star awards for Parachute and Dusek's were the happy surprises on a list that otherwise varied little from the Michelin list of a year ago.
This is a pretty remarkable honor for McCaskey and his team. This essentially means that Acadia is one of the top 5 restaurants in Chicago according to the Michelin Guide (arguable in the #3-5 range behind Alinea & Grace).
For those unfamiliar with the Michelin Guide it is considered by most Chefs and Foodies to be the preeminent rating guide for restaurants worldwide.
This is the 4th year in a row that Acadia has been honored by the Michelin Guide, but the first year it earned a two star rating. Interestingly enough, last year we were wondering if Acadia could potentially win that second star. Well guess we were a little early in our prediction - but regardless congrats to McCaskey and team and glad you call the Sloop home!