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Chowathon Update - It's almost here!

Vital Information | Mar 28, 200206:27 PM

For those of you who have been following the meandering 24 hours of chow quest for the months it has been percolating, you may be suprised to find out that it almost upon us. By noon next friday, we will be lubing up our intestines with the desire to "fit it all in". At present, we have a committed group of travelers and another few who are meeting along the way. Nothing precludes new travelers, but it will take some transportation arranging. Essentially, there is no more room in the car for new people.

We have put together a *rough* itineary, which is detailed below. Please let me know in advance (by e-mail) if you want to go to any specific spot on the list, so we can make exact plans for meeting you there. Once again, the list is not set in stone. We are still taking suggestions for places to visit.

Please note, this event IS NOT SPONSORED BY CHOWHOUND.COM.

The trip:

APRIL 5, 2002
Manny's - Start with a nice bowl of soup, maybe a sandwich or some fried smelts. Stock up on chocolate ice cubes to hold off hunger between stops

Visit the 11th Ward. Take advange of the infrequent hours of La Milanase. Try genuine Chicago style chile at Ramova's. If the mood hits, we might stop for greasy and authentic (or is that authentically greasy) Chinese street fare at Ed's Pot Sticker House. Finally, we'd like to make a stop at the Filbert's Factory on Ashland and 34th.

We head north on Ashland with bit of tejano on the radio. For mexican-french pastries, we might stop at Bon Bom in Pilsen. Otherwise, it's taco time. We'll debate the various options on and near Ashland including Los Comales, La Pasadita, Arturo's and El Taco Veloz.

Yes, we will make it to the Kimchee museum! (Near montrose and Ravenswood), but also, homemade Guatamalan at Antojitos Guatemaltecos.

If the Green Mill is open, it's cocktails now. Otherwise, it west on Lawrence. West past hundreds of chow-spots worth our time. Penguin, Han Bat, Salaam, al-Mataan, who knows exactly where we will stop, but it will be diverse.

How many times can you take Louis Prima. Well, we'll find out as we head south from Lawrence on Harlem past Chicago's most Italian "Little Italy". There are plenty of shops to sample canoli and cold cuts, and Caputo's for a bit of fruit and veg. If anyone is dragging, I know a really good espresso place.

Dinner is served. Just do not hold the door open at Johnies Italian Beef while you wait in line. This is the best smelling resturant in Cook County. If you need more ice cream or cofee, Masa is nearby (as is Cafe Cubano). Then, it's off to the races, as we attempt to cover our costs through scientific guessing at the perfecta's, trifecta's and daily doubles courtesy of Maywood Park. Post Game we might head for a Gene and Juder or maybe another espresso at the 24 hour shop in River Grove. There could be tiki.

Get to DaveH's house, drop off Mr. Blackmobile. Rest on El

Appear, magically re-freshed, from Blue Line stop at Chicago and Milwaukee. Squeeze in Matchbox. Eat the best cherries in town. Imbide too.

We zig, we zag. If we still need hot dogs, there's Jimmy's on Grand. Maybe some African. The goal is to make it to the Lakeview Lounge.

April 6th 2002
Take a dive at the Lakeview Lounge

Meet up with our favorite Tribune reporter and learn if Korean food really dooes taste better at off hours

[Depending on scheduling issues, we may switch Korean and Lakeview Lounge]

What kind of nuts follow-up bul-go-gi with nehari? Us. Finally visit one of those mysterious cabbie joints

This is the black hole. What, where, who, how, and why can we do in the hours before the sun rises. Believe me, it does not take long to quantify if it is really darkest before the dawn.

De-tox. Take advantage of a 1000 year old ritual where you eat your blood to near boil, followed by buckets of ice cold ice water (repeat as necessary). Adventurous types may opt for the platka. Shots when finished.

Pho and ice coffee make a fine way to start the day. Hardy eaters may wish to pick up a sandwich or two for later, or maybe some chinse bar-b-q

Lou Mitchells used to be the greatest coffee shop in the world. On good days, it still is. The coffee's triple-filtered, the yolks come by two, and the marmalade's homemade. A soothing end to a long day.


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