About a week ago I was hit hard by a serious case of spring fever, which has now been almost completely cured by these back-to-back snowstorms. Yet, I wanted to feel like there was a bit of hope out there. So, I've decided to anticipate spring by planning a meandering taqueria crawl/chowdown along Lake Street for the afternoon of Sunday, March 25, which is the first Sunday of spring. Think of it as "pre-Cinco de Mayo" chowconnaissance. Think salsa! Hot hot hot!
I've been particularly inspired by this piece of Dara's and wanted to maybe explore 2-3 spots she mentions, as well as scout out any little groceries or mom and pop restaurants in the general vicinity (i.e., on the same block or so) of these places. Just really get out and explore. I think there are a zillion little chowish spots along Lake Street, just waiting to be discovered.
I figure this chowdown would work similarly to the Midtown Global Market Chowdowns where we each put $5.00 into a common kitty at the start of the afternoon, then take turns buying chow out of the kitty to share with the group. This one will be a bit more logistically challenging then the other chowdowns because we'll need to hop in our cars and relocate once or twice during the afternoon. But, this has worked successfully in the past in other places, so, I'm hoping we can work it, too.
If you're interested, please drop me a note at the e-mail address in my profile and I'll include you in my planning.
Here's a link to the MGMkt Chowdown reports (actually, I linked in all the chowdown reports--at least for the chowdowns I've organized), in case you want to remember how the kitty worked, etc.
MGMkt Chowdown I announcement:
MGMkt Chowdown I report:
MGMkt Chowdown II report:
Mai Village Chowdown report:
Jun Bo Chowdown report:
P.S. Please feel free to talk about chow, i.e., the taquerias along Lake Street, in this thread, but please do not discuss the chowdown itself in this thread. It causes the mods some grief. I would really love to hear people's opinions of the chow at the places Dara mentions in article I linked, or other taquerias along Lake Street. Thank you!