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Damn Good Chow Day (long)

G Wiv | May 16, 200412:00 PM


Saturday turned out to be a pretty good Chowhound day, not just for the chow, but for the company of friends as well.

Started the day by meeting Melissa (MAG), Mike and, one of my very favorite people in the known universe, Mike and Melissa's son Thor at the Evanston Farmer's Market. Thor was attending his first farmer's market and, for a 3-month-old, has quite the discerning eye for fresh market products.

I managed to score fresh eggs from both Henry's Farm and Nichols, along with a few morels, asparagus and beautiful radishes. I also picked up one of my wife's favorites, marinated mushrooms with garlic and basil. Thor spotted a vendor with incredible wild watercress which both MAG and I bought, as I said Thor has a great eye.

After the market we went to Le Peep for breakfast, MAG went with a Skillet, Mike and I with wheat germ pancakes and Thor looked longingly at the sausage and thought about teeth. I really like the wheat germ pancakes, which is pretty much the only thing I order. Good flavor with the added bonus of crunch from the wheat germ.

Next up was an Erik M arranged Chowhound lunch at Taqueria Puebla for Cemitas de Milanesa. I was running a little ahead of schedule, hitting the farmer's market before 8am will do that, so I called Erik and we met for cafe con leche at Cafeteria Marianao.

The lure of Taqueria Puebla's cemita de milanesa was strong as there ended up being three waves of Chowhounds at TP, totaling, at least, 15 people. As with anyplace Chowhounds gather, the food was excellent, Taqueria Puebla's cemita de milanesa really is a work of art, especially when ordered crisp, but the Chowhound conversation, and people, were even better.

After a brief Saturday afternoon nap, followed by a walk around the neighborhood, my wife and I met RevrendAndy at Bruna's for dinner. Bruna's is old school Italian both in ambiance and menu, but, to me, the food is not stuck in a time warp. Take our appetizers for example, we shared prosciutto and figs, a classic, but also ordered a white board special of asparagus with gorgonzola. The asparagus and gorgonzola, with a light dice of tomato, was served slightly warm so the cheese was at it's peak flavor, really delicious.

Main courses were excellent, Ellen's Zuppa de pesche, with it's flavorful broth and generous portion of seafood was delicious as was RevrendAndy's Linguini fruti di mare. I went with Chicken Vesuvio, which I asked for crisp, and was well rewarded with tender flavorful chicken and crisp skin. Bruna's was one of the better Chicken V's I have had recently.

All in all a wonderful Chowhound day, good food, great friends, great city. Today should be tofu, brown rice and two walks, but as I'm headed to Milwaukee to take my Grandmother out for brunch that's going to be difficult. (smile)


(Picture Al Pastor at Taqueria Puebla)

Taqueria Puebla
3625 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL

Cafeteria Marianao
2246 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
M-Sat 7-7
Sunday 7-6

Le Peep
827 Church Street
Evanston, IL 60202

Bruna's Ristorante
2424 S Oakley Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

(Picture Al Pastor at Taqueria Puebla)



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