A quick count shows that twenty-three of the last thirty new threads on the Chicago board are questions (where can I get X; where should I eat near Y). Only seven are reviews or substantive posts.
Now, please don't get me wrong - questions are GREAT and it's always a pleasure to see people looking to expand their horizons and add to their appreciation of our fair city's offerings. I love responding to question posts and always enjoy learning new things in others' responses.
But it seems that of late (oh, say, for the past two months) the Chicago board has slowed down a little, lost a measure of its previously-robust appetite, failed to nurture and develop the kind of writing that attracts people with a deep interest in food and culture (or simply in the way things taste).
To that end, I have a question: where can I get the best ..... [fill in the blank]. In other words, what's out there that I should know about but don't already?
What interesting, delicious, unfamiliar, or even grotesque food experience have people in Chicago had lately?
For example, yesterday I was all over the city and saw so many different things. After a morning spent burning lots of calories running in a race along the lakeshore, I enjoyed some of the best pancakes in the city, which are always made from scratch at the Golden Nugget. Later I ate a fresh gordita filled with chicken, cheese and crema at a church near Maxwell Street Market where there were several food purveyors who had set up shop. I had half a chocolate scone in a small cafe in the South Loop (whose name I forgot, but it had a beautiful outdoor garden), then yet later visited the beloved Moon Palace in Chinatown for dinner and particularly enjoyed the stringbeans with pickle and the boneless crispy duck.
What a great variety of things there are to be seen (and consumed!) in every corner of the city. Someone please give me some new ideas.