We're coming to chicago to see some old friends, but we will be trying (ha!) to make time to do a fair amount of serious eating. One thing we did in NY when we visited was to make a list of the best individual dishes all over the city and then plan a route, walking mostly, with a little subway help, all over the city. I think in total we hit about 15 different places, ordering only the specialty at each one, and walking about 12 miles. It was one of the best days of my entire life!
So I'm hoping to repeat this in Chicago. What I'd love to hear from you, lovely chi-town hounds, is what you consider the best individual dishes in the city!
--a few things--not much point in suggesting parts of a tasting menu (oh the sorbet at alinea! and the such)--if you have a few items in one area, that is awesome and helps a lot--Expensive places tend to work less well--they aren't a fan of us coming in and sharing one app then leaving, unless they have a casual bar--
We eat EVERYTHING. And love it all, we are just looking for the absolute best dishes we'll be able to find all over the city. Show me what you got! I can't wait!