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Trip report - Barone's (was supposed to be Bobak's)

Tha Groovin' Gourmet | Jul 26, 200507:08 PM

I flew into Midway on Wednesday on my way to the music industry convention in Indianapolis. I was WAY looking forward to checking out Bobak's after recommendations here on the board. As my net buddy's recording studio was just a couple of blocks from the Burr Ridge location we decided to meet there.

It was like a sauna when I stepped out of the car, and the weather of late would prove to have even more of an impact on our evening. I waited outside and when Brian showed up we went into the market
seeking out the restaurant area. Closed due to a power outage caused by the recent storms. DAMN.

I followed him to the studio and hopped in his wheels for a ride to dinner. Wound up in Lisle at Barone's, owned by a musician friend of Brian's (and a net buddy of ours).

What ensued was a delicious dinner. We arrived rather late with only a couple of tables occupied. Within a couple of minutes we were seated and hoisting frosty mugs of Leinenkugel's Red. Brian had raved about the marinara sauce, and he was tomato taste, perfectly seasoned. I went with their Veal Cordon Bleu (interesting to find a French-named dish in an Italian restaurant) and it was excellent. A generous portion of veal, wrapped around tasty prosciutto and mozzarella, fried up nicely and liberally doused with that deep red marinara, augmented with some nice, chunky sauteed mushrooms.

I ordered the full dinner and thoroughly enjoyed the minestrone (you could tell it was homemade) and salad with extra blue cheese dressing that preceded my entree. Brian had a Caesar with grilled chicken that looked delicious

With a couple more mugs of beer and great conversation we had a totally enjoyable meal before heading back to the studio to sample the current song that Brian (and his engineer friend Bryan) were working on. A cool end to a cool evening...too bad the weather remained hot and sticky as I drove to Indiana about 11PM.

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