Soooooo Chi-Town Hounds~~~~
I am VERY excited.
Haven't been to the windy city in a decade and am returning with my husband and chowpup in tow. It's our little guy's first time, and he is really excited. He knows how much we love Chicago. We have a Cubs game on Easter Sunday which will be a far cry from our traditional Italian-American celebrations in Queens/Lawn Guyland NY. I'm wondering where we should eat after this game. I am down for something offbeat and casual, but open to anything that could be memorable even if it means having to dress up a bit. I'd rather not though....
On the last few trips we've eaten at Charlie Trotter's, Spiaggia, Gene and Georgetti's, Carson's, Lou Malnatti's, Lou Mitchell's, Ann Sather's, Uno's, Portillo's, Gino's East, Frontera, Topolobampo, the Berghoff, the Pump Room, Garrett's popcorn etc. We always timed our visits to coincide with the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. This year there will be no "Taste" but I will get over it consdering there's so much other fantastic stuff to explore.
I am thinking Blackbird should be on our short list? I wish we had time for Alinea,but with our 8 year old it would be tortuous. He loves and appreciates food as much as either of us, but the tasting would take too long for his limited attention span.... Would Blackbird be nice for an Easter meal? Should I just go totally casual somewhere near Wrigley after our 1:30pm game? Any thoughts?
I have a random file in my Blackberry entitled "Chicago" and everytime I read/see something that looks good, I write it in for futher research when a trip becomes imminent. I have Crisp/BigStar/Urabn Belly/Franks and Dawgs written down. I will look into them, but on the fly, are any Not To Be Missed (NTBM)?
I'd like to check out Xoco largely because I spent a bunch of time in Mexico City as a kid and love street food type offerings. Im not the hugest fan of Rick's restaurants, but this menu seems nice. Any thoughts?
That's all for now. I think you in advance for any and all suggestions.
All Things Delish~