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  1. So glad (and so unsurprised) that you dug Nightwood, darkstar! I used to post a bit when we lived in Baltimore, 2007-2009. But I've kept the notification for this thread active, and can't help but jump in every now and again :-)
  2. Don't do The Little Goat. It's fine, but this is not destination food (though it's priced like destination food). There are a bunch of more worthwhile places even within a four block radius of there (a few of which you named already). DO go to Nightwood. Universally beloved by everybody whose opinion I trust on Chicago food, and one of the best meals I've had in years when I was there a few months ago. Absolutely stellar, and fits the bill perfectly. Re: Mexican, I don't for a second mean to knock Bayless... he's a true ambassador, and every experience I've had at his places have been
  3. Also consider Lao Hunan. It's a new place owned by the same fellow who runs Lao Sze Chuan. It opened a few months back, I had a pretty fabulous meal there, and everybody else I know who's been there is raving about it. Great stuff from a region that isn't often well-represented here. Here's a good thread with lots of specific recs: http://www.lthforum....hp?f=14&t=32686
  4. Schwa isn't really MG, though I love it. Moto isn't remotely in the same league as Alinea, IMHO. Do the latter if at all possible.
  5. I'd steer you away from Moto. It's always lumped in with Alinea because they're both MG, but I think they're night and day in terms of quality. Achatz does things with careful thought and purpose. Cantu, swell fellow though he is, likes to throw stuff against the wall to see what sticks. I believe until the end of the July, Alinea still runs two menus... the full 24 course tour that's $225 and an abbreviated version that significantly less (though I don't remember how much less). It's something like 12-14 courses, and some have suggested that they even prefer it to the 24 because some of
  6. Conventional wisdom, which it seems still holds true, is that the Pasadita on the east side of the street is the one to hit. It's tiny, it's a hole in the wall, there's just a small counter, but they make a pretty mean carne asada. A better place to go at the same intersection, however, is Tierra Caliente, just a block north of Division on the west side of the street. It's a carniceria with a small taqueria in back that does a killer al pastor, as well as some other outstanding tacos. I've never been to the Division Jerry's, but I'm an enormous fan of the old location down in the west loop
  7. Was just there a few weeks ago and loved it. Full post here: http://www.skilletdoux.com/2009/11/l2o.html That said, I'd steer you to Alinea before L2O, simply because of how incredibly unique it is.
  8. Hey, Jon, since you seem to be the authority on which restaurants are okay for certain people to visit and which aren't, I don't have a Beemer, but I do drive a '95 SUV, and while I don't live in Harbor East, I do live in Little Italy which is only two blocks away, so I'm a little unclear on whether or not I make the cutoff. Am I allowed to eat at Sue Island? Please advise. I don't want to violate the demographics and crowd level you've deemed appropriate for the place. And I'll tell everybody else to check with you first to make sure it's okay.
  9. I'm sorry to hear that Cemitas Puebla didn't do it for you. Their cemita milanesa is one of the best sandwiches I've had of any kind anywhere, especially when the papalo is in season. Beautifully constructed, made with incredible care and attention to detail, explosive flavors and textures. But I've heard reports that they've been a little inconsistent in the wake of DD&D. Yet another reason to detest Poochie -- er -- Guy Fieri, I suppose.
  10. Oh... one addendum in case you get to TAC... there's currently a special dish there that Tony (the prorpietor) is making with a curry mix that Erik blended up, and it's supposed to be a very interesting southern Thai treat. The Roti Kaeng Karii Neau is a Muslim-style beef curry with sweet potatoes, I believe, and it won't be around for long. Erik only made so much curry :-)
  11. Slim pickings in that area. You're kind of straddling the line between Wrigleyville and Lincoln Park there, which means there are a ton of restaurants nearby, but most of them completely forgettable if not terrible. There are some gems nearby, though, even if they aren't in the immediate area. But presuming you're looking for stuff that isn't too far away, here are some of my favorites: First off, one of my absolute musts for the city is close by. TAC Quick is about a mile from that intersection, and it's one of the best Thai places in the city. I made a mention of it upthread with a num
  12. Or, far more accessible from Rosemont, of the same genre and arguably as good as Lem's, hit Honey 1 for the same... plus links :-) (Don't misunderstand, Halloween -- Lem's is a great suggestion and I'm not trying to undercut it. Just trying to provide an alternative Chicago-style BBQ joint of comparable quality that Scott is more likely to get to, given his location.)
  13. True, but none of the above are anything you couldn't get anywhere else, Tramonto's included (though I base the latter on heresay).
  14. Rosemont's a tough area for dinners out. There are plenty of options, but they tend to be of the run-of-the-mill expense account variety. Perfectly good, but nothing exciting. If you don't want to truck into the city, I have one really good recommendation a short drive away. Smak-Tak is potentially the best Polish restaurant in the city, and given that Chicago's Polish populaton is second only to Warsaw, that's saying something. It's a cozy, casual little place run by friendly folks. Everything is massive and delicious. As I said earlier, it's the kind of place that makes you rethink us
  15. Well, you have a few great options right nearby. They're not exactly in the heart of things, though at least one is technically within the city limits. First up, you have Superdawg. This is very close to Rosemont and it's a ton of fun, if somewhat controversial among Chicago hot dog junkies. It's one of the oldest stands in the city, but it's somewhat non-canonical. Though they use pickled green tomato rather than fresh tomato, the main point of contention is that it's a skinless dog, which is borderline offensive to some hardcore purists (even if Superdawg has been around a few decades l
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