Of course, we’ll have to wait and watch to see if our Maui boy rises to the top of the heap, but we couldn’t be happier to see him get this national honor. And right on the heels of his two 2011 semifinalist noms for James Beard Awards, too. (Chef Simeon semifinaled in the “Rising Star” and “Best New Restaurant” categories.)
I’ve been craving his pork belly buns for a week now. Maybe it’s time for a trip back to the West Side.