A few months ago Old School requested to hear about excellent dishes to be found in unexpected places - such as a great club sandwich offered by a Chinese restaurant.
I've thought about this for a bit and have come up with a few nominations along those lines.
- terrific deep-dish pizza at Pizza Capri (known for their "California-style" exotic thin-crust pizzas, which are also pretty good, by the way).
- fried calamari at Silver Seafood, a Chinese place on Broadway just south of Argyle. OK I'm cheating a bit, since I'm actually talking about their Spiced Salt Cuttlefish, which is one of the most delicious fried foods I've had in a long time, perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked, with an excellent texture, toothsome but not rubbery. Beautiful to look at as well, believe it or not. Fried cephalopod at its finest.
- steak frites at Don Juan/Patricio. My favorite steak frites in town, now that the lamented Merlot Joe is no more. That the house butter is seasoned with chipotles doesn't hurt at all, otherwise the execution is classic, with superb crispy julienne-thin fries. (I might also mention the terrific crabcake at Don Juan on Halsted in this category.)
- spinach salad at Four Moon Tavern. I mention this here because I for one do not expect to be able to get a good salad from a bar. But Four Moon Tavern serves up a big old-fashioned spinach salad loaded with hard-boiled egg slices, quite good bacon, etc., all dressed well but not too heavily with a warm bacon dressing. Not to every taste, but mighty tasty when you're in the mood.