Hey- I moved to downtown Chicago, several months ago, from NYC. While I love this town so far--and this is subject to change, depending on how my first mid-west winter goes--I have found it really difficult to locate a few things.
Bear in mind, I have no car, and live in the loop. I'm okay the occasional zipcar trip, or with taking public transportation, if reasonable.
None of this is a knock on the city. I can't emphasize enough how much I enjoy living here (and how great some of its culinary strengths are).
Also, while I don't like F&O's coffee or bagels, I absolutely love most of their stuff. The cinnamon swirl thing is deplorably good.
- Decent bagels. I was extremely unimpressed by Fox & Obel's version. In fact, based on small sample size, it appears that Bockwinkel's has a better, denser bagel.
- Coffee. Intelligentsia is easily one of my top ten coffee shops. However, the drop-off after that has been incredibly steep. I can't even think of a decent runner up. Maybe Fox & Obel, but again, I'm not a big fan.
- Donuts. This isn't one of NYC's strengths, either. I'd love to find a place that serves a decently fresh donut.
- Ethnic food: particularly Ramen, Banh Mi, Doner Kebab, Tacos. I've actually had some amazing mexican food farther away from the loop, but I'm basically stuck with Chipotle and El Jardin here.
- Rolls: Kaiser, italian sesame hero, and potato. I figured the midwest would be huge on potato rolls, but I can't seem to find them anywhere.
- Late-night eats. As fa as I know, it's pretty much 7-11 and Rock & Roll McDonald's here. Neither is particularly exciting.
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