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Chowathon 2002 – Aftermath

David Hammond | Apr 6, 200203:06 PM     85

Long will the halls of Chowdom echo with the slurps and burps of those who, ignoring the constraints of space and time and normal human physiology, did in a mere 24 hours of near continuous consumption visit well nigh 24 zones of food and related fun, eating beyond hunger, eating beyond reason, eating …because it felt good.

During this one-day odyssey, ports of call included:
· Manny’s
· La Milanese
· Filbert’s
· Ramova Grill
· Ed’s Potsticker House
· Alice’s
· Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap
· Freddy’s
· Johnnie’s
· Masa
· Maywood Park Racetrack
· Matchbox
· Goose Island Shrimp
· Lakeview Lounge
· San Soo Gap San
· Markello’s
· Waveland Bowl
· Edna’s
· Kimchee Museum (drive-by)
· Bale (two visits)
· Shan
· Vign Phat
· Sea World
· Berghoff

For me, a memorable mini-meal was had at Ramova Grill, which offers a bowl of chili for a highly reasonable $2.00 ($2.10 without the beans). Cinnamon-touched and slightly soupy, this simple fare is served with several bags of oyster crackers in a barstool-lined and really rather small room, with wooden booths and hand-painted signs that look like they haven’t changed much (except for the pricing) in maybe 60 years. Don’t’ expect anything fancy – this place is the real thing and not ashamed of it.

No doubt, more will be said of all this in posts to come.

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