Given some input on the proposed plan, as well as the news today about the kimchee museum, I have devised an alternative itineary. Please review and decide which one is the best. Note, for tallying purposes, I will factor in both democracy and stridency in my final reconmendation.
For those not yet signed up, there is still room to meet along the way. Also, I think what LeeK is doing, meeting at Manny's, is a great idea. Those with the flexibility to get to Manny's but not the ability to make the whole trip should consider this.
Please note, this event IS NOT SPONSORED BY CHOWHOUND.COM.
The trip (alternative version without Kimchee Museum. See link below for the other version.)
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.
Continue South towards Q country. Will be at Lem's or what ever else smells good.
Travel the Dan Ryan and Eisenhower to Austin exit, eventually ending at Freddy's in Cicero (16th and 61st)
Freddy's is a small space, but there's a lot inside. So, take your time in checking everything out. For those in need of a snack, there's some pizza or arancini or italian lemonade. If you get bored with Italian, there is a Bohemian grocer across the street.
Some time checking out Cicero and Berwyn. Drinks in the cozy comfort at Klas, Old Fashioned Candies, and Cars on Spindles.
From Cermak, we turn up Harlem. We have a few alternatives. We can detour at Madison for some guiness; we can stop for fresh cut fries at Parkeys; or go north and sample the best espresso in the city or buy some fruit and veg at Caputo's.
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). Ms. VI and the chowhoundita's are thinking of visiting here. 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.
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.
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. If we have the gumption, we might go bowling at Miami Bowl down near Midway (as an excuse to stop for Huck Finn donuts?). If we are tired, we'll just eat fried shrimp somewhere.
Start the day with some rice and gravy sided by fried brains and eggs your way. We'll join the crowd opening Edna's.
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
De-tox. Take advantage of a 1000 year old ritual where you heat 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.