10) Charlie Trotter’s, Chicago from 10 Restaurants We Miss the Most (Slideshow)

10 Restaurants We Miss the Most (Slideshow)

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10) Charlie Trotter’s, Chicago

From 1987 to 2012, Charlie Trotter’s was synonymous with fine Chicago dining. Not only was it a great place to have a meal, and see and be seen, but chef Trotter is largely credited with introducing the tasting menu (degustation) to America. His intense, head-down and fearless approach to cooking influenced a generation of chefs, and his restaurant was ranked the fifth best in America by Restaurant Magazine in 2007, and was awarded two Michelin stars in 2010. But Trotter decided to travel and pursue a Master’s Degree, and just like that his flagship shut down.