I left Chicago about four years ago (after eight years), but am coming back for a visit. I used to live around the corner from Hot Doug's, when he was on Roscoe and before the fire. My favorite hangouts (besides for Hot Doug's) were Mandarin Kitchen in & its sister restaurant across the street (Lao Sze?), the Hop Leaf, the Map Room, the Ethiopian place south of Roscoe (that has since closed), Bin 36, Adobo Grill, the Wiener's Circle, Kamehachi on Wells, Jinju (sp? the Korean place) in Andersonville, the Mexican place on the corner of Lincoln and Addison, Webster Wine Bar, 404 Wine Bar, and hmmm...I'm sure I could go on, but I'll stop there. (Oh wait--Maza, the Lebanese place on Lincoln--always liked that place.)
So it's been ages since I've been back--I moved to London four years ago--and I'm back for a week. Would love your thoughts and recs. Being a stalwart on the London board, I've done my research and have the following listed out as interesting choices.
I'm particularly interestered in Vietnamese recommendations (Argyle?), as well as Korean (Lincoln?). Ah, and Japenese? I've done Frontera, but have never Topolobampo'd, so this might be the visit. Have never spent any time around Taylor street, so that would be fun too. I'm mainly looking for dinner recommendations...my only requirement is that close to an El stop would be helpful...am staying in the Loop...
Tank Noodle and/or Hai Yen on Argyle for Vietnamese
Sol de Mexico and Fonda del Mar for my Mexican fix (we don't get much Mexican on this side of the pond)
Exchequer for burgers
The Gage, pub-ish food. (I might not need this, coming from London.)
Copperblue for European
Tuscany on Taylor for Italian
P.S. I LOVED the Chicago Local thread. Good job.