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It’s a truism that uses to white wine, sports teams, life in general … and, it turns out, Michelin stars: Some years are simply better than others.

2018 was not one of Chicago’s finest when it pertained to recognition by the well known French tire producer. Four restaurants previously acknowledged by its prestigious publication have actually shuttered, and just one new star was granted. That brings Chicago’s total number of 2018 star winners to 22, from 25 in 2015 and 26 in 2016. This year’s new one-star winner

is Temporis, a 20-seat fine-dining spot in Noble Square helmed by Les Nomades veterinarians Sam Plotnick and Don Young. Michelin’s primary inspector, who requested anonymity in an interview, called out the restaurant’s nine-course tasting menu. “The meal checked all packages,”he said, noting an easy portobello omelette that was”spectacular in its technique and discussion “and”a really nice “capellini dish served with lobster and truffle sauce.The inspector, a 12-year Michelin Guide expert who previously worked for a

New york city high-end hotel, acknowledged the minor Debbie Downer vibe of this year’s Chicago awards.”Some years are more fascinating and more amazing than others,” he said.”This was simply a year where we lost a few.”Temporis is a new one-star Michelin winner.Those losses consist of the three-starred Grace, which< a href=

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180111/ISSUE01/180119982/grace-investor-olszewski-tells-his-side-of-story data-omnilocation=articlebody data-omnilink=editorial-link > extremely publicly imploded at the end of 2017; Streeterville’s GreenRiver, a one-star winner hidden inside Northwestern Medicine’s Lavin Family Pavilion that closed in late January; Naha, a long time River North organization with one star that closed in March with plans to move; and Sixteen, the two-starred area in the Trump International Hotel & Tower that shuttered in April. Among the city’s highest-profile openings, Bellemore, whose signature dish is a caviar-topped tasty pie, didn’t warrant a star.”We enjoy each year to watch it for future choice,”states the inspector.Even more significant was the omission of Publican, the revered pork and beer saloon from One Off Hospitality. It fell off the Bib Gourmand list (“quality dining establishments that have menu items that offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for$40 or less”), but didn’t earn a star.”We had a great meal, however the rate point didn’t support the Bib, and it didn’t deserve a star,”reports the inspector.Here’s the full list of 2018 Michelin star winners.Three stars: Alinea (Lincoln Park) 2 stars: Acadia (South Loop)Oriole (West Loop)Smyth(West Loop )One star: Band of Bohemia(Ravenswood)Blackbird (West Loop)Boka(Lincoln Park)Dusek’s Board & Beer(Pilsen)EL Concepts(Pilsen)Elizabeth(Lincoln Square )Elske( West Loop)Entente( Lakeview