Look ma, I'm just like famous historians, cribbing from other sources...
Thi N, on another board, started an interesting thread, which 10 resturants would you take with you to a desert island. Since it is his post, we shall use his rules:
So let's play a game.
[I have deleted some background by Thi, there is a link below if you want to read his entire post as well as see the responses.]
1. Ten restaurants.
2. Just to stop fistfights, one - at most two - can be from not-here. This means anywhere.
3. Here is defined as Chicago.
So: what ten? Consider: what you're willing to eat all the time. Forget objectivity. Forget greatness. Forget respectability. Look deep inside your heart and admit - straight out - what ten restaurants you'd really want.
It's OK if the list reveals more about you than it does about greatness of food in Chicago.
Manny's - One big problem with Manny's is that I do not get to go enough, so my order hardly ever strays from corn beef/roast beef or the occasional smelts. Reduced to only ten resturants, I will be able to get more variety from the line such as the underappreciated hamburger, the way overfried blintzs and any of the daily specials.
Happy Chef - So I can invite all the rest of the island over for family style Cantonese, plus dim sum.
Gene and Judes - Of course.
Hugo's Frog Bar - Desert islanders need a splurge too. Crab only crab cakes with hot pink mayo, the best lake perch outside of hammond, stiff drinks, thick steaks and a darn great burger to boot.
Joe's Stone Crab - South Miami Beach, please - The greatest resturant in the world. Stone crabs frolic with abandon near my desert island and get served up with the incomparable mustard sauce. Stuffed tomatos, french fried sweets, and fried oysters on the side and key limes grown on the island for pie.
Comanders Palace, New Orleans - Once a week, it is sunday brunch time on the island. Eye openers, fancy egg dishes, grillades and grits and bread pudding souffle.
Walker Brothers - The other six days--a healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Shall we choose from the german pancake, the apple, baked ommlettes, thick sliced bacon? sausage patties, Of course the coffee comes with fresh cream to keep us fit on the island.
The place in the Maxwell Street Market near the south end where they make their own tortillas, grill their steaks over live coals and have an incredible green salsa. For a change of pace, there is tacos de mole rojo.
Salamm - Assuming the cold shoulder we get every fifth visit or so disappears forever in the closeness of island living. Another amazing green salsa to accompany shwarma's chicken and beef, plus kebabs, foul swimming in garlic laden oil, kibbeh balls lying around the counter and all the other middle-eastern standards.
Margies - For dessert in the desert, a turtle sundae.