Had drinks in Pilsen last night and stopped at Lawrence Fisheries afterwards for a late-night snack of frog legs, catfish fillet and popcorn shrimp (Goose Island shrimp blows Lawrence Fisheries away!)
On our way to the Red Line, we walked along the n side of Cermak, a part of Chinatown that remains mostly obscure, with several restaurants that remain off-the-radar. There is a place called Sky which I am assuming is fairly new bec I had never seen it before. There were no signs at all indicating the kind of cuisine they serve, but I took one look at the (English/Chinese) menu posted by the glass door and was shocked to realize that it's entirely Szechuanese! I've had enough practice planning those regional Chinese chow-events to be able to recognize a regional menu just by the items listed! Does anyone know more about this place?
Other Chinatown news:
*The new "Dragon Wall" (right next to the el) has been completed and is now one of the formal gateways/landmarks in Chinatown. It's a replica of an ancient "wall" in Beijing but I like how the decorative program of the "wall" resonates with our own Chicago tradition of glazed terra-cotta in architecture. For a fine example of the use of glazed terra-cotta, walk over to the On Leong Building (on Wentworth at 21st): it's essentially a building in the style of the First-Chicago-School with a wild fantasy-Chinese decorative scheme.
*There's a large new supermarket opening on Archer, right next to Phoenix (and across from the mall).
*VI and I had lunch a week or so ago at the new Seven Wives on Wentworth (around 22nd?) It's a small, chic space: hardwood antique reproductions for tables etc. Very Hongkong. The smallish menu also says HK all over it: you can get ham-and-cheese sandwiches for the kids, congee for granny, rice plates for those on-the-go. I wasn't very impressed by the cooking.