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Beantown Hound Hits Chowcago - Only Bad Experience Topolobampo


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Beantown Hound Hits Chowcago - Only Bad Experience Topolobampo

StriperGuy | | May 7, 2010 09:01 AM

Try to keep it short. I was somewhat transport confined so cabbed it around a bit.

TAC - amazing Thai: fish maw salad, pork neck, tarrow custard desset. All excellent. Dessert possibly best Thai dessert I've had. Dang that pork neck was nice.

Zocalo downtown: pretty decent Mexican, GREAT guac, better then waiting on line at Frontera grill. Certainly better than anything in Boston, but we don't have a lot of Mexican.

Pizzeria Due: way back when I was impressed. This time, honestly just pizza. I'm sure a dozen of you will chime in and tell me where I should have gone, etc. but wanted to give the old standby a whirl.

Portillo's downtown really just the convenient local location: Italian beef - okay, Hot Giard was excellent. Gravy only so so, tasted of bullion. Staff was REALLY nice. Jumbo dog with everything on it was truly excellent. Thin pizza not bad in a pinch. Chocolate cake very good.

Pastel Bakery: truly amazing desserts. World class. Nothing this good in Boston. Had flan, fruit tart, chocolate caramel tart and some cake with a whipped cream icing. One better than the next. WOW!!!

Zaragoza for birria tatemada. Totally excellent. Fabulous tortillas, amazing salsa, wonderful owners. Awesome.

If you are stuck in Mcormick center the only thing to eat is the hotdog (I forget the name of the vendor). Everything else looked gross, and the same vendor's Italian beef was totally lame and gave me a stomach ache. The hot do was pretty darned good.

e.leaven - really nice breakfast joint. Delicate touch, nice baked goods, loved the yeasty cinnamon roll, great omelette's and coffee.

Topolobampo - Dang he's gotten popular over the years. I usually eat in Frontera grill, but the lines were absurd. Wanted to try Xoco, but also crazy lines. Topolobampo was honestly a TOTAL disappoinment. A waitress who ruthlessly upsold us to the point that we ordered too much food, insanely pricey (for what it was) and not that tastey. The Walleye dish was a weird spicy poor execution, the ceviche was nothing to write home about. The veg dish was good, but short on the mentioned morels. I would NEVER eat there again. Might write Bayless to express my concern. Our meal bordered on embarassing. Also as we were entering a woman was telling the hostess how BAD the service was. Has Topo jumped the shark?

Pizzeria Due
619 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

Zocalo Restaurant
358 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654

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