What are Graham Elliot's favorite restaurants?
That's always a hard one because restaurants change so much with the people who come and go from there, and places open and close. In Chicago, there are great places like GT Fish and Oyster, Yusho, Longman & Eagle, Urban Belly. I think the most exciting restaurant in the country — and not just in Chicago — is Next. To be able to change all the time, it's like going to culinary school. I've been to the real El Bulli in Spain, which was a pretty marvelous experience. Per Se was one of my favorite meals in the U.S. Swan Oyster Depot is super awesome.