Esquire’s John Mariani Not Welcome in Chicago

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Esquire may be doing lots of food content of late — the Best Bars 2009 list is out in the June issue — but not everyone is stoked when John Mariani, the man who compiles the magazine's “Best New Restaurants” list, comes in. “I can't believe that asshole has the audacity to even call himself a restaurant critic,” one chef told MenuPages Chicago after the blog identified where Mariani was eating last night. Read the whole item for a chronicle of regional rage. [MenuPages Chicago]