I am moving east in September, to take a job at the University of Chicago. From scouring this board, it doesn't seem as if Hyde Park is a culinary temple, to put it bluntly, and so I wondered: if I were to move to an area just for food (e.g. if food was my only criterion for residence), where should I live in Chicago?
(This question is also clearly a way for me to get more of a sense of food in Chicago in general).
As a bit of background. I'm British (though it's been ten years, and the only culinary residue London left is my predilection for devilled kidneys), and have spent the last two years in Oakland, having previously worked as a cook in Paris.
I love the Bay Area's Lao food, the sourer and spicier the better, Vietnamese food (I will be searching for Bun Bo Hue in Chicago), Sichuan food, good French food (game, especially). But that is the Bay: I am excited to see what Chicago has to offer.
I miss Polish food from London--especially goose and chłodnik. In general: I like offal, strong flavors, rich food, though I haven't met a cuisine I didn't like, and there is nothing I don't eat.