so i decided that i needed to gain five pounds, so i went for three of the loveliest weekend foods around - ribs, dim sum, and soul food.
carson's - seeing how chicago is a rib town, and seeing how carson's is pretty well respected here (i think), i was looking forward to trying this place out. all in all, the ribs were very average. pros - ribs are smoked, not parboiled, with the right texture (ribs can be separated by hand without meat coming off of bone). cons - i know these guys were smoked, but what kind of non-flavored wood do they use? ribs weren't very well trimmed. needed more courageous rub, sauce, or both. full rack a little on the small side. any chowhound recommendations for something better?
phoenix - coming from san francisco and los angeles, i was a little skeptical of the dim sum here (especially when chinatown is more like chinastreet). phoenix was not bad at all. congee was excellent (really good salted chicken), some standards (spare rib, har gaw, shu mai, chicken feet) were up to par, while others (taro dumpling, radish cake) were so-so. One complaint: not enough variety (where are the shanghai dumplings and the flat rice noodle?)
wishbone - awesome biscuits and gravy. decent crab cakes (wish the meat was lump, but what can you expect for twelve bucks). nuff said.
questions for the chowhounders:
first, is there a consensus for the best korean food in chicago? i'd like to make a trip out for some kalbi, but i need to make it a guaranteed good time (friends coming into town).
second, i've been dying for soon tofu. please help.
third, any good korean bars around here (figure out my ethnicity...)? a bottle of soju, tong dak, and nakji bokkum would be great
last, i past a place called hiricky(?) noodles. what is this place, and is it any good? while i'm on the topic, any favorites for ramen?