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SF CH report back on Chicago trip Oct 22-25, 2009 - long

hhc | Oct 26, 200909:47 PM

We had a great time in Chicago. We did lots of sightseeing and had some good & bad eats.

Thurs Oct 22:
Boardman's Urban Kitchen. It was across the street from the Sheralton Hotel. I wouldn't have picked it if husband wasn't starving and wanting to eat somewhere. We should have eating at the food court Lee & Court Blue Line - that would have been better.
Had a bad Chicago hot dog - nothing special, just bad. Fries didn't eat. I did like the chicken noodle soup - not sure made there or can - liked it though.
Chicken sandwich was very dry.

after visiting Millennium Park went to Hot Woks/Cool Sushi Restaurant (across the street). Not very good, but convenient for tourists.
I got 3 rolls. I can't remember the names - spicy tuna roll maybe, creamy white tuna roll, salmon & avocado roll. Just ok, nothing special.
B. got some nasty peanut noodle - it looked awful. I didn't try it, but he didn't like it much either. Miso soup- small bowl $2.50. Boring.
If you want hot tea it's Extra! Only eat here if you have to.

Fri Oct 23:
Lunch: Museum of Science & Industry. FREE this last week M-F of Oct 2009 general admission only. We ate in the food area. Food is overpriced and not very tasty. We got a turkey meatloaf meal w/ 2 sides: creamed spinach & mac & cheese w/ a roll. Over $7 pp. Bottled water over $2.

We went on Fri night 10/23/09. It's the worst night to go out, but we were on vacation & near Millennium Park so ate here.

It was crazy loud at the bar and the wait was suppose to be an hr or more so we took the crappy 2-top table right by the revolving door. Blah.

The separate bathrooms are pass the bar down the flight of stairs. Evil when there's tons of ppl at the bar.

We got a bunch of stuff:

We didn't get FREE bread, I saw another table get some. Evil.

beer $6 - B. got it, he liked it.

mussels $13 - many mussels in a Thai flavored broth w/ huge crouton. Fine.

Phesant thigh $10 - dry, dry, dry w/ some lentils on the side.

Romaine salad $9 - fine enough w/ some anchovies on the top.

braised leeks $7 - tasty, small serving.

goat cheese risotto $13 - tiny serving of it. Stir it up, good stuff on the bottom waitress told us.

roasted squash $7 - just ok w/ some butter in it.

butterscotch creme brulee $9 - just ok, nothing special.

Total $74 + 8.51 tax = $82.51 Before tip.

Valet parking $20 available around corner @ university club 76 E. Monroe.

Sat Oct 24:

There was a small farmers market just outside Sat morning on Division St. That was cool. Macouns from WI were tasty. Apple cider $2.5 from Grandpa's Cider Mill was good, Cherry apple cider - way too sweet. He gave me a deal both for $5. Cherry is actually $2.75 a pint.

Breakfast: Butch McGuire Tavern & Grill: What's up w/ the Christmas lights up in Oct? Guy was friendly and seated us in a huge booth. Waitress was friendly and helpful. We got water right away.

Heard from the waitress about this huge early bird breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 pieces of toast, 2 pieces of meat for $5. B. got a side of pancakes for $1 more, and side of hash browns $1.95. Unlimited decaf for $2.

I liked my scrambled eggs & I wanted sourdough toast but got wheat - not a big deal just ate it. Meat I picked sausage which was good.

B. liked the 2 pancakes which comes w/ syrup & butter. Hash browns were just cut of potatoes stir fried w/ onions.

He liked the coffee. Bathrooms: separate in the middle of the restaurant - across from the bar.

Chicago Green City Market:
We went to the Chicago Green City Market since we were going to the Lincoln Park Zoo and it's just right there on the South end of Lincoln Park.

Lots of booths:
cranberries from MI
cheese from Wisconsin
apple cider
some kind of grass juice thing

Worth checking out. Just saw this online:
Come celebrate the end of the Outdoor Market season with a special 9:30 am tasting provided by some of Chicago's greatest pastry chefs.
Molly's Cupcake:
Molly's Cupcakes was pretty busy - the line can be long & slow.

I got just 1 cupcake & coffee. The cupcake was the peanut butter one w/ nutella inside $3.75! The cake is dry & hard. I only liked the nutella inside - not much inside though & the frosting.

The Sprinkles Bar is totally needed to make the cupcake a bit better.

Coffee we got was a small latte - just average.

Cute inside w/ chairs that look like swings.

Credit cards taken & you'll need it. Not recommended.

Garrett's popcorn: had coupons from Concierge Free guide at hotel/Navy Pier. Tiny sample like 5 popcorn. Caramel is best from either caramel or cheddar.
Sat dinner: Capi's Italian Kitchen at Navy Pier - not very good. Had a tomato basil soup & an order of brushetta. Bad brushetta, soup was decent. B. got a spaghetti dish w/ lots of raw garlic. oh boy - he ate it all.
We went to Fox & Obel since I read it's a foodie gourmet grocery store. It's very nice for downtown Chicago.

They have a fancy looking cafe - didn't eat here. Also, a more casual take out counter for ready made food.

Bakery, cheeses, fish market, meats, gourmet stuff. Oh, it's nice.

We got some ready made sandwiches for the plane ride back to Calif. About $7 ea.

Terry's Toffee Hazelicious - made in Chicago. It's only a small box 4oz and about $10, but tasty. I got 2 Vosges bar: Mo's Dark Bacon Bar $7.49 and Black Pearl Bar $7.49

Credit cards taken.

Sun lunch:
Cafecito is worth checking out if you live in Chicago and like Cubano sandwiches!

It's in the same building as the J. Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel next to DQ. It's a very casual small place you can eat there or take out.

The Cubano Sandwich is Pretty Good. Served hot, lots of fatty pork, some pickles, mustard on hot pressed bread.

The Jerk is a dry piece of chicken. No spice at all and Dry! Skip it!

Cafe con Leche is way way way too sweet. I had to add lots of water to drink it.

They have some desserts like Mexican wedding cookies 89c, Alfajores $1.50, etc. Didn't try them.

Get the Cubano. My total was $15.64. Credit cards taken.

26 E. Congress Pkwy (@ Wabash)

Bathrooms: Go to the hostel place, go up the stairs, pass the info desk on the left side.

Fox & Obel Food Market
401 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611

The Gage
24 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Green City Market
1750 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

26 E Congress Pkwy Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605

Molly's Cupcakes
2536 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

Butch McGuire's Tvrn
20 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610

Hot Woks Cool Sushi
3930 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641

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