During a short trip this past week, had some great chow. Its a good thing, too, as these warm-blooded Atlanta bones aren't used to waking up to morning temperatures of less than ten degrees F.
Periyali. Greek Taverna. Next to Pita Inn on Milwaukee Ave in Glenview. Based on one supper (lentil soup, thin sliced loin lamb chops, string beans stewed with tomato and basil), a good wine list (has that great Greek cabernet, Hazimaklis (sp) ),and some superb looking homemade desserts, Periyali easily rates on a par with its cousins in Greektown. There's a review and comments at metromix.com for more info. Two things sealed the deal for me: (1) the waiter needed no prompting to bring olive oil and vinegar for the lentil soup (2) when the lamb chops and string beans arrived, I was reading. The waiter asked if he could bring anything else. Without looking up I replied "Some lemon for the lamb chops?". Then I took my nose out of the book and there was already a bowl filled with lemon wedges right in front of my face. I like this place, a lot. Note: right next door is a Korean place, Daori. Very slick and modern looking in a contemporary white stand alone building. On a rainy cold Tue evening, Daori was packed--they must be doing something right. Hope somebody can get over there and report.
Seoul Garden. NW corner of Milwaukee and Lake/Euclid. Dave Hammond's recommendation. Nice modern clean decor. Exc seafood pancake with squid and shrimp and nice soy dipping sauce with sesame seeds and scallions. Good assortment of panjan. Very good Soon Dobu Jigae with very fresh soft tofu. This place is also a keeper.
Siam's House. West side of Milwaukee Ave several blocks south of Oakton. Suggested by Chicago Mike as the equal of Lotus Of Siam in Las Vegas and Sripraphai in Queens. Well, not quite the equal, but goddamn, its in the same league, which is saying a whole lot. A home style place frequented at least while we were there solely by the owners' countrymen. We asked the waitress to make everything authentic, especially the degree of piquancy. Lemongrass Seafood Soup had outstanding depth of flavor, which became more and more apparent the more we ate. Wanted to try the squid salad, but guest preferred the shrimp. The dressing was red in color, had a slight citrus flavor which I think was tamarind, great spice level. Also tried the 'Crazy Beef' which was actually Thai BBQ. Great sauce, very complex, actually arrived in a bowl as a composed sauce with all of its ingredients separate. One appetizer downer, the Catfish Salad recommended by the waitress. Heavily rice floured breaded with a small amount of mostly sweet sauce. This was the weakest dish of the evening. Entrees: Seafood Noodles: outstanding. Intensely flavorful dry saute with mussels and shrimp, and broad rice noodles. Basil Seafood (suggested by the waitress, not sure if it was on the menu). Anise flavored thin bodied sauce with lots of minced garlic. OK. This place warrants further investigation. Next time: the Lemongrass soup for sure, the squid salad; then must try more of the menu.
Breakfast at L & L Snack Shop, out on NW Hwy. Suggested by a prior post (link below), I totally love this place. A Greek husband and wife run this 12 seats at the counter-6 table postage stamp of a place. He's an artist at the grill. Ham from the bone, eggs in the pan, superb hash browns from fresh potatoes, awful frozen OJ, ok diner coffee, prices circa 1987. BTW--I really like the Purple Pup's hot dog with everything and the chocolate shake, although that was in the summer and not this trip when it was far too cold to think of ice cream.