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 right...rich 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.