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Blog Tue Nov 16 2010

Michelin in Comparison

At last night's Michelin Guide pre-launch party at the Violet Hour, I remarked to Tammy Green of Chicago Bites that it would be great to see the Michelin-rated restaurants compared alongside ratings from other guides. Whether I just guessed their plan on inspired it, Chicago Bites delivered, producing a spreadsheet of Michelin, Yelp, Metromix, Urban Spoon and Zagat ratings for all the star and Bib Gourmand winners. Other than the large number of restaurants weren't in Zagat's guide, the only surprise might be how divisive deca is, rating a Bib from Michelin and four stars on Yelp, but only 1.4 stars on Metromix and a 50 percent rating on UrbanSpoon.

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Tammy / November 17, 2010 11:00 AM

I think further analysis would show that the longer a restaurant is out there, the more its rating pulls towards its true average. Deca hasn't been out there that long and some of the restaurants that were rated very high/low are also new (Ceres Table). The more polarizing numbers also reflect fewer votes. I like Zagat's approach of letting hype die down before publishing results & question Michelin's willingness to give out bibs to new restos.

There are all kinds of problems with comparing ratings that are collected in different ways over varying time periods.

Though it's fun to look.


Floyd / November 17, 2010 8:44 PM

I'll just say it here, too: That avec wasn't allotted a star is beyond just plain silly. Other un-starred restaurants may have been deserving, as well, but avec IS deserving--of at LEAST one star.

[In the interest of full disclosure, I'll mention that I don't work there, don't know anyone who does, and have only dined there a small handful of times.]

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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