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Itinerary critique, please (for example, to Ruxbin, or not to Ruxbin, that is a question)

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Itinerary critique, please (for example, to Ruxbin, or not to Ruxbin, that is a question)

dimsumfan | Jun 4, 2013 04:55 PM

Two of us are lucky enough to have a few days in Chicago shortly, and really looking forward to eating up the city. Wondering what you think might be missing from my itinerary, or swapped out for something different. Note: Drinks are unimportant in my decision-making. We like counter seating to watch food prep. Not looking for overly fine/pretentious dining. We're adventurous eaters (bold flavors, ethnic influences, offal, etc. welcomed), but not feeling a need to eat Asian food this trip, though curious about trying Fat Rice.

So, with 4 b'fast, lunch, and dinner slots available, here's what's in play:

Breakfast (keeping this fairly light):
1. Xoco
2. Hendrickx
3. Southport Grocery
4. Toni/Do-Rite/Intelligentsia

Lunch:
1. Publican Quality Meats [edited to clarify]
2. Sepia
3. Blackbird
4. ?

Dinner:
1. Storefront Company
2. Purple Pig
3. ?
4. ?

On the consideration list are Ruxbin (?) and Nightwood (?). And, as mentioned above, Fat Rice. (I'm not interested in a long wait there, so if that happens, any back-up places in short walking or public transportation distance you'd recommend?)

And to be squeezed in, either as snacks or meals: carefully selected Italian beef, hot dog, and a deep dish pizza, of course.

With thanks, I ask: Thoughts?

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