been meaning to post about my first trip to Chicago for a few weeks now. here's what I covered...
Wiener's Circle- my first ever Chicago-style hot dog. ordered the char dog with the works. I was skeptical whether I would enjoy a dog with all that stuff on it but it was a thing of beauty. smoky, salty, pickly goodness.
walker bros- the one in wilmette. had the apple pancake which was huge and tasty. still tasted great the next day for breakfast...
frontera grill- I tried this landmark restaurant for a special occasion and wasn't disappointed. since we were just two, we opted to share a bunch of apps and one entree and it was perfect. lamb and white beans in cazuela, duck taquitos, ceviche, and pork in some sort of roasted chile sauce. thought the portions were nicely sized for a more upscale joint.
wishbone- this place was ok. service was kinda flaky even though it was pretty empty. had the shrimp and grits which was decent and a corncake.
jim's original- caught a doubleheader at wrigley (sorry to bring up a sore subject) having never been to chi before and not having a car, this one was a bit of an adventure for me. I caught the 18 bus from roosevelt and hoped it would stop somewhere near there. didn't realize it would be on the side of the expressway with nothing around it. I wouldn't recommend going there without a car at night. the sausage was tasty though and damn cheap. there were a couple of guys who came and bought dinner for a couple folks panhandling by the stand. this near hour and a half trip for a sausage made me reaffirm my chowhound nature and also question my sanity.
lou malnati's- as a NYer with a love for pizza, I was curious to try deep dish. got the individual sausage with butter crust. pretty good but I'll take ny style over deep dish I think.
billy goat tavern-had a quick beer and a cheezborger as a snack. channeled chris farley's spirit as I ate
Nuevo Leon- I liked the vibe of this place. had some good enchiladas and a nice complimentary chicken soup. the beans tasted a little heavy. I remember someone saying they used lard so not sure if this was the normal taste or not. followed it up with a tres leches cake from bonbon across the street which was great. pilsen is a great neighborhood to walk around in.
dim sum at some place with phoenix in the title..but the downstairs part- not very good at all. no one else in the restaurant on a saturday night and I could see why.
devon- I forgot the name of the place but it was pretty solid with nice dosas. maybe a little more upscale than others in the area.
Al's italian beef- wow...this was a mf of a sandwich. soaked in juice with nice spicing and pretty good fries. had a lemonade from mario's across the street which hit the spot after a long trek on public transportation.
ok I think that might be it. so much to eat in your city (I had about 12 days there). thanks for the great recs and travel advice. can't wait to come back.