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LA Hound's 3 days/nights in Chicago - follow-up


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LA Hound's 3 days/nights in Chicago - follow-up

Debbie W. | Jun 12, 2005 04:57 PM

Thanks to all the Chicago hounds who responded to my post a couple weeks back. Chicago proved a delightful destination in all ways, as I knew it would be based on my multiple business trips to your city back in the 1990's.

The highlight of our trip was 8th row tickets near first base at Wrigley on Wednesday, although it must've been 100+ degrees on the field. The chow choices were less than inspirational, but that wasn't our focus. Had a hot dog (Armour? - blah, although better in every way than our disgusting Dodger Dogs - and this was the hottest hot dog, temperature-wise, that I've ever had), and one of the chocolate "malts" that tasted identical to the Carnation chocolate "malts" that I grew up eating at Dodger Stadium.

That night, we went to Due for pizza. The crust was really tasty but the tomato sauce on top was yielding a large amount of watery liquid which detracted from the texture of the fillings (pepperoni, sausage, onions and mushrooms). So to do a comparison, we went to Giordano's the next day for lunch. We preferred the Due crust and found the crust at Giordano's substantially less flavorful and less flaky, but the texture and flavor of the fillings at Giordano's (this time, only sausage) were more to our liking. Sadly we didn't get to Pete's or Pizano's, both recommended here. Next time.

Dinner at Hugo's Frog Bar on Tuesday was the perfect venue for my reunion with, and my husband's first meeting of, a now-retired fellow that I worked with for many years. The drinks were big and strong, the food was nothing special but nothing offensive either. The atmosphere was great, very fun, although the service was a bit rushed (entrees were brought about 1 second after salad plates were cleared). Hugo's Frog Bar was definitely a perfect choice for that evening's socializing.

On Thursday we splurged with friends and did the "Grand Tasting" at Tru. All courses were excellent, some truly superb (scallop with quail egg, foie gras), save one. The single exception was the lamb chop which was the final course before dessert - I found it overly gamy and not in a good way - and I love the flavor of lamb - and the pea/merguez mixture that it rested upon was, I don't know, kind of icky in texture and taste. We're not real big drinkers and only had one bottle of wine, and a tasting of another wine for the foie course, and total cost per couple was $360 including tax/tip. Not outrageously expensive for such a special experience. The service was maybe the most choreographed I've ever experienced, flawless but maybe a bit overdone.

Thanks again for all the recommendations.

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