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Short trip report.

chris in illinois | Oct 5, 2009 10:47 AM

Wife and I headed to Chicago for a short day and a half trip to get away from the kids, to take the architecture boat tour and to EAT. Got into town around 2 (staying at the Marriott--comped room---on Michigan) and headed to Pizzeria Due for lunch. I've never been before and thought that the pizza was just short of excellent. I certainly do not want (and am not qualified to) start THAT debate, but the setting was cozy, the pizza was delicious, the draft beer cold and tasty and the service super friendly. Dinner was at Harry Caray's---I don't see much talk about the place on the board and I'm not here to evangelize on the topic, but dinner was nothing short of superb. I had the dry-aged ribeye which was probably the second best steak of my life (first was a similar steak at 1500 Ocean at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego), I'm still thinking of it three days later, in fact I'd go so far as to trip a little old lady if it meant that I'd get another for dinner tonight. The rest of the meal in unimportant although the kahlua gelato was pretty good---Harry's can get kind of loud, but the restaurant has an undeniable energy and I spotted Ryne Sandberg there.

Breakfast was at Bin 36. I've been there a few years back and enjoyed it. The return trip was very worthwhile. I had the steak and eggs, but the highlight was the homefries cooked with onions and colored peppers---the hanger steak was nothing special. My wife had the french toast---which I finished---that was spectacular. i will be trying to replicate that texture in my kitchen for weeks. Interesting space, good coffee (cafe intelligensia) and a solid take on breakfast classics will have me returning in November when I'm in town for three days.

Thanks, Chicago.

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