...it was the worst of times.
There has been, in the penumbras of some of these threads, opinions on whether dining is better or worse at the dawn of 2002 than at other times in our humble Chicago history.
Where do you all come out on this question, do you believe our dining scene is better than ever or a dying flower compared with former times?
I tend towards history, even if many of my tastes come from books not tounge. I appreciate classic, simple and traditional to stunning new flavor combinations, asian influenced non-asian and "healthful" dining. I have commented before on this board, that while I know I would surely enjoy EATING the food at Spring, Mod, 160 Blue, Blackbird, even Charlie Trotter, I have so little NEED to go to any of these places. On the other hand, fine dining that seems routed in something, appeals to me. For instance, Tru, which I believe, is trying to ape the Michelin experience, appeals to me a bit. Likewise, any of the "great" french places like Le Francaise, Les Normades, Everest and Carlos taunt my meager pocket book.
As to the question about ethnic dining. I believe this is a wash. Certain things exist today that did not exist back then, because, well those groups did not exist in Chicago back then. Chinese food in Chicago is worlds away from where it was ten years ago, due to a huge influx of immigrants. On the other hand, various ethnic foods have disappeared from the scene or diminished greatly in quality. Look how often we all have bemoaned the dearth of German, Scandanavian and Jewish places. So, any gains in asian, hispanic and other foods have not overcome the losee of stuff.
Interested to hear what others think...