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Chicago: Your favorite thing(s) to do

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Connemara, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Biggskip

    Biggskip Well-Known Member

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    Maybe it's just me but I thought he was referring to when Rush street was the known prostitute area. Of course that was like 25+ years ago.
    Good call.
     
  2. indesertum

    indesertum Well-Known Member

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    alright just got back from 5 day trip

    we managed to hit up

    lola in cleveland otw there
    portello's
    osteria via stato
    tru's dessert course
    intelligentsia
    girl and the goat
    wow bao
    bristol
    violet hour
    hot chocolate
    aquarium
    pizzeria uno (stuff was really gross. we still have half of the pizzas left)
    sprinkles cupcakes
    three floyd's brewery otw back


    saw an awesome jersey blazer at jil sander and saw the despos sign. plus some other stuff

    i got super sick on day 3 and stayed in watched ncaa basketball. it super sucked. right now i feel like im coughing half of my lungs up

    thanks for all the great recommendations guys!!!!!! we had a great time with semi spontaneous but full schedule. will upload pics soon
     
  3. magogian12345

    magogian12345 Well-Known Member

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    Cafe spiaggia is good...but is it any less expensive than blackbird?

    Obviously alinea is in a whole different price range...but I am not sure I remember much of a price differance between the cafe and something like blackbird.

    You could also try riccardo trattoria...there is a $33 3-course menu that includes a glass of prosecco (and the individual menu items are in a similar range)


    Forget cafe spiaggia. It has some nice dishes, but is nothing special. Instead, check out Pelago. Great Italian food.
     
  4. indesertum

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    hannah's bretzel. pretzel bread was amazing. picked up $50 worth of chocolates. devoured one of the cluizel bars at the aquarium. delicious. [​IMG] shedd aquarium [​IMG] [​IMG] osteria via stato. the hostess was smoking hot. had a valpolicella. it was nice, but for a wine that tasted like it was $12, it cost way too much at 66 (i think retail was 14). prosciutto plate with mozzarella. the prosciutto was very interesting. had nice fruity flavors which was totally unexpected. from some domestic producer. the mozzarella was really creamy. delicious. never had anything like either [​IMG] some kind of cream based spinach dip. pretty decent. [​IMG] braised short ribs. gnocchi with simple tomato sauce. cavatelli with mushrooms. highly highly recommend the cavatelli (and the gnocchi). best pasta i've had in a long long time. [​IMG] gelato. pre-dessert dessert. hazlenut. coffee. chocolate. vanilla. caramel. would recommend [​IMG] tru loved everything, but service was on some next level synchronization. had a pleasant time. amuse bouche. some kind of citrusy pear foam with port reduction on top. quite good. nice palate cleanser [​IMG] beignets with compressed apples in the middle, creme anglaise around, and vanilla ice cream. a little underwhelming. i guess i kinda like my beignets with a chewy doughy interior. apparently they vacuum compressed a melon ball of apple in apple juice/puree with sugar. we had a debate about how possible it was to compress a scoop of apple. the ice cream tasted very not fatty, but still somehow very rich. [​IMG] madeleines. nice crisp shell and soft creamy interior. best ones i've ever had. [​IMG] our second plate. coffee hazlenut (?) ice cream on chicory soil. some kind of snickers bar (chocolate fondue, some nuts, layer of valrhona chocolate) with edible flower, orange grass on top. really rich. took me a while to eat such a small piece [​IMG] our third plate. mint three ways? mint crocquette on top. mint icecream. mint fudge. i think there's another layer i'm missing. [​IMG] dessert of dessert. passion fruit pate de fruit. lemon sabayon (very lemony). violet (?) macaron. raspberry marshmellow [​IMG] [​IMG] surprise ending. chocolate explosion. cold thin casing of chocolate with chocolate "milk inside". gold flakes on top. it pretty much does explode in your mouth. delicious and totally unexpected [​IMG] there was also a surprise surprise ending which was a wrapped financier with honey lemon filling. soooo good. intelligentsia kenyan coffee using the syphon brewer. financier from tru. fancy machine for ok coffee. had that vinegar aftertaste i dont like, but nice soft subtle flavors in front. [​IMG] chocolate peanut butter macaraon [​IMG] blueberry macaron [​IMG] both better than the macarons at tru girl and the goat. i was really sick at this point. gf didnt want me to go, but i soldiered through. lost my appetite 3/4 through the meal. everything was really good tho. maybe a little greasy. had the three floyd alpha king and a thomas et fils sancerre that were both really good. [​IMG] squish and squab? summit like that. bread. pecan butter. pureed apple and pear with olive oil. gone pretty quickly. [​IMG] chickpea fritters. they were gone within 5 min [​IMG] goat pate with aspic on top. orange marmalade. pickles. cauliflower. bread (reminded me of korean hobbang bread). the marmalade had way too much rind in it and the pate was way too fatty, but together they were really really good. [​IMG] seafood fideos. mussels, monkfish, shrimp, clams, rouille, stirato baguette. greasy, but it was really good. [​IMG] ravioli. i dont remember much except that it was creamy and that the dish was for our vegetarian friend. i would have stolen some more had she not had as many options to eat. [​IMG] roasted cauliflower. mint. if my mom fed me this as a kid i would have been a huge fan of cauliflower all my life. [​IMG] braised pork shank. apples. tapenade. this was really good. i stuck my fork in it and the meat just fell off the bone. [​IMG] goat t-bone. with some other stuff. the toppings were delicious. the goat steak was well cooked, but i think goat meat is a little tough. still delicious [​IMG] dessert breakfast at yolk. was joined by a model friend of a friend. when she mentioned getting a job at nivea in thailand i was sorely tempted to make a joke about ladyboys in thaliand. crepes suzette [​IMG] red velvet cake french toast [​IMG] i also had an eggs benedict. quite good and at decent prices too. eggs benedict was memorable. havent had a good one in awhile. truffles at whole foods [​IMG] also got to try dom perignon 2002, the recent opus one (30 second finish no joke), a flight of champagne, some beer, and a plate of soft cheeses. om nom nom. love the whole foods here. also met some random girl who started talking to me about junya watanabe and jun takahashi The Bristol best fucking restaurant of the entire trip (and one of our cheapest meals). thanks for the tip. would move to chicago just for the bristol. very good relaxed service. left a nice 30% tip. [​IMG] last word. so good. [​IMG] monkey bread with dill butter. everything was delicious although i didnt taste much of the dill in teh butter. [​IMG] charred dandelion green salad with couscous (?), dried currants, mandarin oranges. i thought it was pretty good. charred flavors were well balanced with the bitterness of the greens, the oilyness, the sweetness of the fruit, but nobody else on the table liked it like i did. i loved the smoky flavors of the char. whatever. more for me. [​IMG] goat and caper pate. goat rillette. cornichons. pickled spicy waxed white beans. homemade mustard. really really delicious [​IMG] bone marrow. shallot jam. parsley shallot salad. homemade bread. i thought the beefy bread didnt go that well with the subtle flavors of the marrow. it was damn fucking good on the white baguette bread tho from the previous dish. loved the jam [​IMG] slow cooked skate. white asparagus. furikake-ish stuff on top. i thought it was a well balanced dish. loved the textures on the fish [​IMG] raviolo stuffed with ricotta with a brown butter sauce. this was damn delicious. rustic and simple, but well executed. [​IMG] pork tail. cornichons. creem fraysh (?). dumpling cakes?. loved it. very porky. [​IMG] Dessert at Hot Chocolate [​IMG] Brioche donuts with chocolate dip and kettle corn. It was ok. I would've liked the donuts with more chew [​IMG] chocolate souffle (?) tort with coffee ice cream and a pretzel. shortest souffle i've seen, but still delicious [​IMG] one banana two banana. i dont remember exactly what was in it (bananas, marshmellows, icecream caramel). all i know is i licked my plate and was sad when they took it away before i could dip the donuts in them [​IMG] dreamsicle. baked alaska, vanilla milkshake, cookie. quite delicious [​IMG] pu erh. tasted of orange marmalade. really enjoyed it and it went nicely with the rich desserts [​IMG] hot chocolate. apparently it was a bit too much after a few sips [​IMG] Drinks at the violet hour. waited maybe 30 minutes to get in. Drinks were worth the wait. The hangover + upper respiratory infection, chills, fever, body aches were a little more debatable [​IMG] [​IMG] pap van winkle 23. gorgeous. great caramel, toast, cinnamon, coffee, star anise, vanilla flavors. [​IMG] pegu club. aviation. some house cocktail. how all cocktails should be made [​IMG] Sprinkles. They were quite pleasant and hit the spot. not worthy of crazy hype, but well made cupcakes (moist cakes, nice flavors, good buttercream) [​IMG] there was pizzeria uno on the last day in the car. the filling was ok, but the pie crust was gross. we also had italian beef, chicago dogs, and cake shakes at portello's the night we got in. would highly recommend all three. was sorely tempted every night to go get some more. wow that took forever to write. anyways. hope you guys enjoy the pictures
     
  5. otc

    otc Well-Known Member

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    wow, well that's one way to repay us [​IMG] !
     
  6. Biggskip

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    Great pix. Glad to hear you had a good time aside from your illness.

    What did you think of Lola?
     
  7. MrGoodBytes

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    damnit dude, do you know how hungry your post just made me!

    luckily hannahs bretzels is only a block away
     
  8. ChicagoMediaMan

    ChicagoMediaMan Well-Known Member

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    Damn dude. You literally ate your way through Chicago. You chose great places though. How much weight did you put on?
     
  9. evilgeniusdan

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    Nice trip! I gotta plug Manny's delicatessen. Best corned beef/pastrami sandwich outside of New York. That and Eli's cheesecake. Yup.
     
  10. Oski

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    Damn dude. You literally ate your way through Chicago. You chose great places though. How much weight did you put on?

    +1 [​IMG]
     
  11. BP348

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    Great pics and nice write up!

    Sorry about Uno's, there are much better pizza places.
     
  12. Biggskip

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    Nice trip! I gotta plug Manny's delicatessen. Best corned beef/pastrami sandwich. That and Eli's cheesecake. Yup.

    FTFY

    Love those potato pancakes.
     
  13. ChicagoRon

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    Dude - you are clearly not Jewish. Manny's is good.. but it's not a NY deli. Check out Pastrami Queen or Katz's or Ben's ... it's not even a contest. Plus - latkes are for Chanukkah. A proper deli sandwich deserves a Knish... which, incidentally, you can get a GREAT one at Ashkenaz. Sadly, they serve Vienna meats[​IMG]
     
  14. globetrotter

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    Dude - you are clearly not Jewish. Manny's is good.. but it's not a NY deli. Check out Pastrami Queen or Katz's or Ben's ... it's not even a contest. Plus - latkes are for Chanukkah. A proper deli sandwich deserves a Knish... which, incidentally, you can get a GREAT one at Ashkenaz. Sadly, they serve Vienna meats[​IMG]

    +1 on katz's. you keep saying your going to drag your ass out to the burbs, man, and you never do.
     
  15. spertia

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    Enjoyed the trip report and photos -- good stuff.
     
  16. ChicagoRon

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    +1 on katz's. you keep saying your going to drag your ass out to the burbs, man, and you never do.
    I know - I suck. It's just hard to do a "lunch" in the burbs when you don't have a car. It ends up being a 2-3 hour trek
     
  17. kwilkinson

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    I know - I suck. It's just hard to do a "lunch" in the burbs when you don't have a car. It ends up being a 2-3 hour trek

    SUSHI COOCHIE IS TOTALLY WORTH IT BRAH!!!!!!!
     
  18. globetrotter

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    I know - I suck. It's just hard to do a "lunch" in the burbs when you don't have a car. It ends up being a 2-3 hour trek

    I'll tell you what, maybe in the spring I'll pick up Katz's and we can all meet for a picnic in the city
     
  19. globetrotter

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    ^ by the way, Savuer this month listed Katz's as one of the best loaves of rye in the country.
     
  20. Biggskip

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    Just went last week. I managed to hit several places that I've never been to before including: M Burger - I thought that the burger was pretty good (gotta get the M Burger), the fries were so-so, but I didn't try the malt as I am a cheapskate and thought that $4 was too expensive. The nice thing is that it was right across the street from my hotel. Heaven on Seven - Went to the original location with a friend who has lived in Chi-town longer than I did and he'd never been there either. We both had a cup of the gumbo. He went with the soft-shell crab po' boy and I had the jambalaya. He won. Twisted Spoke - Went here to meet friends for burgers and beer. Pretty good beer selection, prices for beer weren't bad. Burger was pretty mediocre. I wouldn't get it again. MK - Saved the best for last. I've wanted to go here for years and my friends who I was meeting up with happened to picked it as one of two places for me to choose from. It was incredible. It might be worth going there for desert all by itself. If you find yourself going, the grilled octopus app was probably the best thing we had all night. Teuscher - Had to stop in here to pick up some sweets for my sweetie. Damn is that expensive, but well worth it. Also, stopping here gives you and excuse to stop in and see if there is anything nice at Mark Shale Garrett Popcorn - I know it's a cliche, but I'm a sucker for cheese corn. Corner Bakery - Yes, it's on virtually every corner that Walgreen's isn't, but I love that oatmeal with the cinnamon raisin toast for breakfast. Found the perfect red dress socks while at Paul Stuart. I've been looking for those for like a year. Edit: How could I forget, I also made a stop at Jazz Record Mart. I don't know much about jazz, but the helpful folks there took what I knew and introduced me to Grant Green. Idle Moments is becoming one of my favorite albums.
     

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