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Frommer's vs Chowhounds -- we're safe this year

joelfinkle | May 15, 200407:58 PM

I just got my annual complimentary travel guide from Frommers prior to the American Bookseller's Association annual convention "Book Expo America" at McCormick Place June 3-6. Booksellers, more than many other conventioneers, are probably going to hunt for good cheap eats, and Frommer's will help them very little.

Frommer's restaurant reviews mostly stick to the Famous and tourist-friendly, and avoid most of the Chow favorites. Of the restaurants listed on the recent Chowhound Map, only four are found in the Frommer's Guide: Chilpancingo, The Berghoff, Cafe Spiaggia and Lou Malnati's.

While they do list some casual places like Fluky's and Mr. Beef, they manage to miss this boards faves. For that matter, for a conventioneer's guide, they manage to practically skip Chinatown, giving it a half-page in the "Ethnic Dining" appendix (listing Hong Min, Penang, Phoenix, Saigon Vietnamese and Won Kow). There's also great stuff near Dearborn & Congress, host to the simultaneous Printer's Row Book Fair, and all that's mentioned on that block is Edwardo's (fine 'za, but I'd rather go for Taste of Siam like I always do that weekend, or perhaps splurge on Prairie).

So basically, I wanted to reassure the folks here that even though probably 20,000 booksellers will be wandering the streets looking for good eats armed with a guidebook, it's still safe to go out to eat that weekend.

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