Sorry, I know the “I’m coming to town” genre is annoying, so I have been trying to do my homework reading old posts, and I appreciate all the great eating and writing you locals have been doing. But, well, I am coming to town (Hyatt Regency at E. Wacker / Michigan for a conference later this week), and would appreciate any recommendations in the following categories:
1. Dim sum: Seems like Happy Chef, Shui Wah, Phoenix (upstairs) and “little” Three Happiness get about equal representation on faves lists of well-traveled chowhounds. Any update on this? Any of them gone dramatically up or down recently?
2. Interesting Asian for dinner, location not important. Sounds like for Thai, Thai Sookdee is one of the best. I get the impression that there are a lot of good but standard Vietnamese places on Argyle. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bun or pho thai (if you’re ever in Atlanta, try Com Vietnamese on Buford Hwy; great grilled meats, and be sure not to miss the minced duck in grape leaves), but am looking for that something extra, like at The Slanted Door in SF, or O Chame in Berkeley (ok, those are Thai and Japanese fusion respectively, but you get the idea). Or Indonesian, Malaysian, Burmese ... (did you ever eat at Irrawaddy on Lombard in SF? Apparently it’s closed...the smoked eggplant scrambled eggs were to die for).
2a. Even though I’m intent on dim sum for Sunday brunch, I wouldn’t say no to Chinese for the Saturday dinner slot if there’s a strong reco. I tried searching but wasn’t successful at narrowing down the results, so reviews or a link would be appreciated.
3. Hyde Park for lunch. Sounds like things haven’t changed much since I was a student and later a resident 1985 - 1993. Medici / Thai 55 / Cedars for nostalgia, or Café Korea. (Are Jimmy’s and the Tiki Lounge still around?) So, just checking if anything has opened up recently that’s worth a mention, or whether we should eat elsewhere before heading down LSD.