Several times a week we get a post from an out-of-towner that begins something like this, "I'm going to be in Chicago for a few days, and I'm looking for few good places to eat."
As most of these visitors don't reveal where they're staying or their eating preferences, it's tough to respond -- and, actually, a little tiring to respond to the same question again and again. And yet, we should respond, because it's polite, and because we want the world to enjoy the culinary diversity of our city. Right? So, my suggestion: maybe we should craft a generic, all-purpose statement that we can cut-and-paste and post-back to the senders of these requests. Ideally, this response would be well-written and fairly comprehensive (including restaurant addresses and phone numbers) and reflective of the collective wisdom of area hounds. Seems like this would be much more helpful than random attempts to guess at what a visitor might like -- not to mention all the time it takes to create a brand new response every time someone posts the eternal question: where should I eat in Chicago?
My suggestion: email me a brief description, address and phone number of a favorite restaurant or two. Any type of food, any ethnicity. I will compile all these responses into a single generic (and I mean that in a good way) comprehensive response that we can use for all queries related to the eternal question.
This may turn out to be a long-term project, and we will want to update this response every six months or so, but it seems necessary. So, please, email me directly (or just respond to this post), and within the next 7 days or so, I will post the results.