I got called downtown to visit the 97 year old aunt in the hospital last night, so to make the trip more pleasant I decided to grab a pound of regular at Goose Island to snack on at the hospital (as I was pulled out of a soccer game and was planning a late dinner in any event). Never been before, and I admit to a slight amount of anxiety at 10pm on Thursday walking into the place and finding maybe 6 or 8 young folks from the hood hanging and socializing - not sure how they would receive the suburban white guy. But it picked up. The counter man was interviewing a young lady customer as to her availability for the cook (she was non-committal, but suggested she was in the process of ending her current relationship and would be back - we all took this as a very proper and lady-like yes). This was a happy exchange, lots of good humor and participation in interpreting her replies from all corners. Then we went off into a discussion of Kobe Bryant's legal outlook - the opinion put forth was that the woman in question was a very dubious accuser and he would never see the inside of a jail. Can't say I agree (or know enough to disagree) with the judgement of his accuser, but he will spend enough money to get off.
In the end, I was disappointed when the shrimp came as I had to leave my new friends and end the conversation, but we exchanged friendly goodbyes and I was off. Fun place, really, and I will stop by another evening to visit.
As to the shrimp, I really did not like them as much as the place on 26th street west of Pulaski(forgot the name, sorry) we tried during the Beef-a-thon, though the overall experience was much, much, more entertaining. Heavy breading with nice flavor, and a strong shrimp flavor. Not at all bad. Had the hot sauce, and did not like the mustardy flavor. Is the mild sauce similar? So, acceptable shrimp but not great, IMO. A little lighter breading, a more traditional cocktail sauce (with a kick), would be my preference. I imagine I will try the catfish next time.
I am enjoying working the joints around the edges of Mich Ave and the Gold Coast. Did not know this whole side of the world existed right there on the edge of the glittering jewels of the city. Adds a lot to the charm (but I liked hanging around Times Square in the 70s and 80s for the atmosphere, too).
And the aunt is more or less okay, for those that would ask. This whole hospital thing is just very stressful and debilitating at that age, so it seems to have up and down cycles, hopefully overall up in trend, but that remains to be seen. She was in good spirits and appreciated the company.
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