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6 years ago

One word: Nightwood.

Damn, I've been meaning to write this for months. I had a killer solo meal there when I was in town (back in September) for a conference at McCormick Place. It was less than a $10 cab ride each way and it was well worth the money. SkilletDoux gave me the heads up on this one and I'm so glad he did... I tried to get some of my conference compatriots to come with me but everyone else was booked so I popped myself down at the bar and started with a cocktail.

Perfectly crafted. Sour and bitter in all the right places without being overly so.

Then I had the crispy pig ears with house cultured butter, maple, habanero, and cilantro. These were perfect. I just wish I had someone to share them with.

Warm tomato, sunflower seeds, yogurt, dill, olive oil and baguette. My favorite dish of the night. So simple but expertly put together and totally in season for late Summer/Fall in the midwest. I can still taste those tomatoes.

Foiegras and basil agnolotti (ravioli), sweet corn purée, plums, tomatoes. I had to do a pasta course. And this sounded too good to pass up. It was the perfect portion as this was the middle of my course selections... :oops:

And then. This. Spit roasted pork loin with copious amounts of perfectly rendered fat. I tried not to eat all the fat but I'll be honest, when it's this good, it's hard to show restraint. And the bitter greens, garlic, and pine nut salad were perfect on the side. This is a dish you literally dream about.

If you know me, you know that I always order dessert. And the obscenely gross amount of food I had already consumed wasn't going to stop me from ordering desert. I almost ordered the pears. I somewhat regret it.

I went with the PB&J. This was delicious. Beautifully plated. Hot, cold, crunchy, salty, sweet, the disparate elements on the plate made it a little clunky. I remember choking down the last of the grape sorbet. I'm not complaining as it was good, but it could have maybe been better? I don't know how to fix it but there could be something...

So I don't know if I've ever said thank you for the recommendation Dom, but thank you so much. This place is top notch. If anyone is ever in the neighborhood, I'd highly recommend it.

Nightwood Restaurant
2119 S Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 526-3385
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6 years ago

Almost forgot, we went to Macku Sushi in Lincoln Park the night before my Nightwood meal and it was legit as well. It's a fairly new place and I think they're still finding their footing but the food was good. I only got one pic before my camera died. Going back on my Instagram feed I saw this and felt compelled to post... ;)

seared tuna
tempura, Japanese mountain vegetables, cherry tomatoes, radish sprouts, sake soy reduction. Terrible picture, really great dish.

We were at a table for six and we plowed through lots of nigiri and sashimi. The standout dish (and maybe because it was slightly cold out for this AZ transplant) was the sweet potato soup (lobster 
 puree of 
 tiger shrimp,
 and chives). The lobster broth and sweet potato were perfect together.

Macku Sushi
2239 N Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773.880.8012
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6 years ago

Just had to report back that Skillet Doux's suggestion of Smak-Tak (which I have since found out means "Taste-Yes!"), a tiny little Polish restaurant in Skokie, was a COMPLETE home run for the whole family! Freezing cold night, and their little place was a warm, welcome, friendly haven. The walls near the door were covered in LTH Forum (the Chicago-based food forum similar to this one) awards and write-ups from various Chicago-area publications, which was encouraging.
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We (well, I) started with a bowl of beet borscht, which I had never had. They also had a "white borscht" on the specials menu, which was intriguing, but I wanted to try this traditional one. Both my husband and son wrinkled up their noses at the thought of beets...UNTIL I tasted it and was blown away by the awesome sweet/sour/peppery flavor, the unexpected dumplings hidden in the bowl, and the total deliciousness. Then they wanted to try some, and all loved it, too. Will have to learn how to make this. Wow.
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Well, of course we had to get a plate of assorted pierogies. SO good. Cheese & potato, sauerkraut & mushroom, meat. Swimming in butter.
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Moved on to a recommendation of Skillet Doux's, the Hungarian-style pancake (goulash, mushrooms, potato pancake, onions, tomatoes, peppers). This was a total winner: the crispiness of that pancake, the hearty flavor of the goulash...awesome. The sides, a simple cole slaw and cucumbers in sour cream, were light and perfect with this.
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We finished with a "Grilled sausage in old Polish style," which was super tasty itself, but even the mashed potatoes and the sauerkraut accompaniments were some of the best I've ever tasted.
Polish sausage
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Surprisingly, the three of us managed to pack all this away (helped by the fact that we'd been on a plane all day), and there were no leftovers.

The total bummer of this visit was that it put any Polish food I've had in the Valley to shame! Oh, how I wish we had something that even came close to this here! Anyhow, big tip of the hat to Skillet Doux for this recommendation!! :)

If anyone is in the North Chicago, area, I would HIGHLY recommend this place!!!!!!
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6 years ago

You are indeed correct, GoBlue. Thanks!
The Sprouts on Southern had five types. Sausage/pepperoni, sausage cartelized onion, pepperoni, four cheese, and I forget. $10 a pop, $8 on sale. Good stuff!
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Allow me to be as clear about this as I can possibly be. If you are going to Chicago and intend to do any upscale dining, go to Elizabeth. I mean, look, if you want to do Alinea, do Alinea. It's a piece of culinary history and it absolutely lives up to its rep. And also, I know, I know, this isn't a cage match to determine Chicago's Best Restaurant. I HATE that kind of thinking, and I don't mean to present it as such. But without exaggeration, not only was our dinner at Elizabeth in December one of the most delicious I've ever had, but it was also one of the most interesting, one of the most distinctive, one of the most engaging. It made me giddy like I haven't been over a meal in quite some time.
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The entire restaurant embodies such a beguiling contradiction. One one hand, the chef, Iliana Regan is from a small farm in Indiana, and her menus are brimming with things she's foraged, raised, grown, cured, hunted, pickled, slaughtered, and otherwise acquired, either literally or in spirit, from her family's farmstead. But this is modern cookery, no stranger to manipulation, unafraid of gizmos and gadgets and refined presentations. The magic, to me, is in how the kitchen can do so much while losing so little -- how a meal so refined can be so in touch with the dirt from which it came.
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Speaking of the kitchen, you're basically in it. The room is tiny, clean and minimal, but with natural wood and shelves filled with mycology manuals. The kitchen is just in the back, over a low counter. From one of the tables, you could reach out and burn yourself on the stove without leaving your chair. The kitchen staff steps away to bring your dishes to the table, which I absolutely adore. Not to knock great servers, but why hear the story of the dish from the middle man when you can get it directly from the cook who's been engrossed in every step of making it?
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First out was a small collection of amuses. At the top, a thin crispbread with (I think) some manner of creme fraiche and intense, briny steelhead trout roe. On the bottom right, salted celery root with nasturtium and a sauce/puree that I'm afraid escapes my memory. On the bottom left, a curly, crunchy potato chip drizzled with dark chocolate and finished with snail roe. (You heard me.) Oddest thing about the snail roe? It had a pronounced herbal flavor, almost basil-like. She's throwing down right out of the gate. Earthy, floral, salty, vegetal... these are aytpical flavors.
Smoked Vegetable Jerky
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This might've been my favorite of the night, but man, is that a tough call. From the top left, burdock root, beets, carrots, and parsnips. To dip, just a touch of fresh lemon yogurt. But these vegetables, first cooked sous vide, then smoked, then dehydrated -- they were delightfully chewy, and the flavor was so intense, having been so condensed. Even the smoke was remarkable, complex but almost sweet, not the least bit acrid.
Rice Krispy
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The world needs more puffed wild rice, bound here with lightly curried marshmallow, a touch of Wisconsin cheddar, and a sliver of cured venison. Beautiful crisp texture on the rice, and the intensity of that venison... fabulous bite.
Mushroom Tea
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Simple. No cream, no alcohol, just an incredibly potent mushroom consommé, with a couple of cocoa nibs and a single chamomile bud. That little floral touch was perfect.
Centerpiece Twigs with Quail Egg
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The centerpiece came into play here, as we were instructed to pluck out breadsticks to go with our quail eggs, oozing over a potato mousseline with a pile of grated truffle. A classic combination, done so well.
Bread Service
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I love that they make a course out of bread service. I love that despite serving it with a bone marrow custard (and a beautifully complex, cultured house-made butter), they consider the bread the star. And it isn't lip service. The bread tastes like it's faintly spiced, like there's the barest hint of cinnamon in there, but they insist it's nothing but wild yeast. Also: the bone marrow custard? Whoa, no slouch.
Dried Apple and Chips
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Chips and dip, the latter made of dried, powdered apple reconstituted with sunflower oil. The chips? Slivered, dried sliced scallop. Oh my. Dried scallops are such a wonderful ingredient... can we get them out of the Chinese pigeonhole? Light and crisp, that intense, mollusk flavor balanced by sweet apple. And here's a lesson on the importance of oil selection. It isn't just a vehicle. It's a flavor on its own.
Shrimp Noodle
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Tagliatelle made with shrimp, a little red pepper (paprika?), and perhaps (I'm guessing) a minuscule amount of starch. Basically, they're shrimp noodles, tossed in a garlicky oil with a bit of breadcrumb. And I hate that I forgot to get a photo of the mug of venison broth that accompanied.
Venison and Dark Rye
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Venison. Keep the venison coming. Here, served as a tartare on an incredible dark rye bread, thick and tender, with cocoa nibs and sprouted grains. Creamy housemade ricotta, the meat dressed with a touch of blueberry fermentation, a bit of salted duck yolk grated over the top... took a bite and drifted away for a bit.
Fried Woodland Mushroom
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Fail. With apologies to the folks who plated this so carefully, I forgot to nab the photo until I was two bites in. It's a big, juicy maitake mushroom battered with acorn flour and fried, alongside a garlic aioli with punch-in-the-nose kind of pungency. To cut that nuttiness and richness, a little red sorrel salad with juniper vinaigrette. I can't get past how perfect this mushroom was.
Foie-Owls, Brioche, and Preserves
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I get it! Killer foie, killer brioche, killer chunky raspberry jam. Nothing more to say.
Grains and Beef Heart
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This dish played with your expectations in such a funny way, because you hear beef heart, grains, lamb stock, mushroom ragout, and you think this is going to be rich and meaty, and it is so not that dish. It's light, it's almost a little sour -- were some of the mushrooms pickled? -- and the grains (Sorghum? Farro? I don't recall.), rather than being fused into a creamy morass, roam free, and have some serious bite. I'm getting a little silly with this, but the point is that this isn't the dish you expect, and it's so refreshing.
Bird with Cauliflower and Pickles
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Simple. A simple bird, with a beautiful, salty jus, a little shredded kale, pickled chard stems, and the flavor of three heads of cauliflower crammed into one tiny quenelle. This is a dish of restraint.
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Dessert. First, a little pear intermezzo, simply named "pear" because that's really what it's about. Absinthe-poached pear with a pear sorbet and a little sugary crisp (that I'll bet was also somehow pear-related).
Smoked Buttermilk and Corn
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Smoked buttermilk sorbet? Really? Yes, really. And it's astounding. We're not talking about a little whiff of smoke. It's as much smoke sorbet as it is buttermilk sorbet, over crumbled freeze-dried corn. Like the vegetable jerky, the sweetness of the smoke was incredible to me. And really, who thinks of this? I'm still in awe of this creation.
Fall Pie
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A little Fall pie, crust underneath toasted walnut sorbet, with a pie-spiced butternut squash puree and toasted squash seeds glazed with honey.
Cookies and Caramels
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A final pair of tastes before we sauntered off... a lovely little chocolate cookie concoction, and caramels that wore their porcini flavor with pride. Brilliant pairing, that.

I'm still floored just thinking about this meal. I'm gushing, I know. But really... not a weak link among these seventeen dishes. Not. One. And more amazing is that Regan (and her crew) put out a menu this consistent, this outstanding, while dancing out on the very end of the limb. There is so much risk, and so much character in this food. I don't know that I've ever had food this refined that had this much soul. (I realize it's an old discussion, but incidentally, this is the argument against those who wrote off MG as a soulless fad years ago -- not the restaurants like Alinea that push the technical boundaries with thought and purpose, but those for which contemporary techniques are just a few more tools in the toolbox.) It speaks to Regan's culinary maturity that a place like this, putting out a menu that's so contemporary and so precise, is still absolutely brimming with the spirit of an Indiana farm. There is a voice at work here. Elizabeth is the intersection of an almost poetic vision and flawless execution, and the resulting artistry is really something to see.

Elizabeth Restaurant
4835 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
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A late-February meeting in Kentucky took me through Chicago O'Hare, so I once again made the easy choice of staying overnight and spending a little over 24hrs in the city eating with my fast-friend PIGMON. That guy is a powerhouse of food knowledge, and every time I leave, I am grateful for his friendship.

Having never been to a Paul Kahan concept, I carved out plans for two on this trip, the first being Dove's Luncheonette in Wicker Park practically across the street from The Violet Hour. It's a hipster Tex-Mex joint basically, but the food is really very good.

Super fresh, nicely balanced ceviche packed with a ton of seafood.
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What the hell are peas and onions doing on top of chicken fried chicken? A little Midwest meets Tex-Mex flair, I suppose, and it really works.
chicken fried chicken
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What I loved about chicken enchiladas is how they embraced the inherent bitterness you get with ancho and guajillo chiled and didn't try to go crazy balancing it out with the sweetness.
red chile enchiladas
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Dove's Luncheonette
1545 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
red chile enchiladas
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Several hours after Dove's a whole lot of cocktails at Violet Hour and Bar Deville, a necessary late night hot dog stop.

To my palate at least, this was remarkably similar to Gene and Jude's, and I enjoyed it equally as much. The fried shrimp...not so much. There was no denying the iodine in these, even after a bath of cocktail sauce. But I would go back in a second for that hot dog.
chicago dog, fried shrimp
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Redhot Ranch
2072 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
pastoral (loop)
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Wanting to do some market research, I decided to have a solo lunch at Pastoral in the loop. They've established quite a reputation, so much so that they recently expanded to five locations all over Chicago.

99% of their business seemed to be loop customers ordering from their selection of sandwiches, but I had to get the seasonal cheese plate with 1/3 baguette.
brillat savarin, bandaged goat cheddar, 5-yr gouda
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Gotta love a lunch like that...

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine (Loop)
53 E Lake St
Chicago, IL 60601

The second Paul Kahan stop was the acclaimed Publican Quality Meats in the meatpacking district. What a tremendous place this is. While it has multiple cases filled with top-quality products, there are about five long tables in the back serving a great menu.
meat case
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This might have been my favorite bite of food. Truffle salami cotto, sweet coppa, queso iberico, basil aioli, truffle tremor and olivada on focaccia. Just absolutely dynamite. The bread they're baking next door is really beautiful.
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Somewhat of a miss with the cocido, I think, though the way their treated the garnish and really charred the vegetables was really beautiful. The broth contained smoked chorizo, braised beef, blood sausage, chickpeas, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and mojo picon on the side. It was a bit too...acidic. And by a bit, I mean a lot. Way too much citrus. Perhaps it was intentional, I don't know, but I didn't love it.
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cocido garnish
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Overall, great place.

Publican Quality Meats
825 W. Fulton Market Street
Chicago, IL 60607

This place was totally off my radar. In the interest of market research, PIGMON steered us here after PQM and I'm so glad that he did. The owner gave us the full tour of the facility and gave us some samples of some of the stuff they're making. It's mostly all wholesale to a lot of top restaurants in town, but they do some retail.
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salami for days
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Having just tried the Nduja Artisans and the PQM house njuda, I thought theirs was better in terms of both flavor and texture.
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West Lake Salumi
1111 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

I won't even pretend to know much about tiki drinks and I really don't care. Paul McGee was behind the bar tending over our flock of eight people and was really awesome explaining a bunch of rums to us as we all happily imbibed. There's a little take-out Chinese joint next door that does upscale Americanized Chinese food, and it's really quite good. This was the perfect end to another enjoyable trip.

Lost Lake
3154 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

One of these days I might actually go when it's not freezing cold!!!
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Was in Chicago for a long weekend with 28 other people, so couldn’t exactly restaurant wander much. I really need to figure out how to get a whole week in town
Some of the highlights . . .

Lagunitas Chicago TapRoom

One of my new favorite places! Damn, we had a great time here
Lagunita's Taproom
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In the the speakeasy tradition . . . it’s a huge non-descript warehouse. You walk through this block long laser tag/aquarium lit tunnel, then up a few flights of a back stairway, through a dark waiting room overlooking what appears to be a used furniture store. Finally into this dark and polished beer hall designed like a massive windowed guard tower overlooking the meth cooking lab from Breaking Bad (if said lab was expanded a thousand fold) . . . man, it was cool.

The menu was rock solid elevated bar food. The Beer Mussels were good, but putting their Carnitas Nachos on top of the crostini from the mussels was a flavor bomb in the best way. And you won’t go wrong with The Hogunitas, basically their carnitas version of a Cuban

DMK Burger Bar – Lombard/Oak Brook

Impromptu dinner in the burbs with a party of seven, and it was a win all around. I’d happily go back. It’s a lounge-y dark slightly loud room. Service was not just good but enthusiastic. And they have a stellar craft beer list of tap/bottles/cans. If say the Snaggletooth Bandana from Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville gives you any indication . . .

Really nice burgers too. I’ve since read complaints that you can’t get a true medium rare, but it’s a small patty . . . nearly impossible to do for a burger that size. The waiter told us they cook to medium but could get some pink in by request. I asked for mine medium raw, and it came out just above a medium rare.
I had their Patty Melt, “Smoked Bacon, Burnt Onions, Leroy’s Remoulade, Smoked Swiss, Griddled Ry” and added roasted green chili. Just all kinds of delicious. They play up their fries, so we all split three types as a table app with the Amish Blue & Smoked Bacon and Wisconsin Cheddar & Scallion being the winners

Jacky’s Hot Dogs ... 9222020246

On Pulaski south of the 55. My favorite chili dog, due in no small part to childhood memories . . . just a strange industrial chili with chopped onions. Fries reasonably crisp and not very greasy, but certainly not a highlight. I've been going here whenever I can for 37 years, and haven't had anything else except for the odd pizza puff back in the day. Not even a Chicago dog, just chili dogs with onions
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Gene & Judes

First time at this Chicagoland "station of the cross". I love that they keep the menu short and sweet. I think it’s cool the number of people standing in the parking lot using the trunk of their car as a table (as did I). It was a good dog, and their everything toppings were fine with me. Maybe I got a bad batch, but the fries were terrible. . . the greasiest oil soaked pile of soggy fries I’ve ever thrown in the trash
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Pollo Vagabundo

Lastly, I passed here on my travels and HAD to stop simply because of the name. I've since read it gets lots of love on the LTH Forum, and a cousin swears by their burritos, so I'm loathe to even say that I had a terrible experience. I only had two of the Super Tacos, pollo and lenqua. They were both bland and flavorless, even with a nicely hot salsa on them. The chicken seemed boiled not grilled, and the lenqua was inedible, like meat jello, but not in a good way. I certainly wouldn't condemn them based on two tacos, and would try them again, just order differently
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I had a great trip to Chicago a while back, but haven't had a chance to post up my pics. I figured this would be a great time to push the multiple photo upload feature to the limit! (turns out the limit is 20 at a time, fyi)

Best bites of the trip: Al's Italian Beef, Purple Pig's Meatballs, Publican Quality Meat's everything(but especially Gerry's Adobo Dog), Nightwood's Lemon Poppyseed Cake, Girl and the Goat's everything(but especially the Chickpea Fritter, Pierogies, and Short Rib)
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Al's Beef- Italian Beef, wet, sweet, hot
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Blackbird bread service
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Blackbird- Spring pea soup with asparagus, pickled spring onion, prosciutto, and mint
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Blackbird- dry-aged beef tartare with smoked mushrooms, crispy grains, dried tomatoes, and cress
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Blackbird- duck confit with pretzel dumplings, turnips, and mustard
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Blackbird- Hanger steak with smoked potato fingerling, charred cabbage, sour cream and black garlic
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Blackbird- Sourdough bread pudding with blood orange sherbet, hibiscus yogurt, rhubarb compote, and strawberries
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Blackbird- Oat brownie sundae with chocolate madarin sorbet, chocolate cookie, condensed milk, and whipped cream
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Papas Cache Sabroso- Jibbaritos
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Papas Cache Sabroso- Yucca side
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Purple Pig- Fried Brussels Sprouts with Thyme, Lemon and Chili Flakes
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Purple Pig- Pig's Ear with Crispy Kale, Pickled Cherry Peppers and Fried Egg
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Purple Pig- "i think" Eggplant Caponata with Goat Cheese
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Purple Pig- Roasted Bone Marrow Smear, with Herb Salad and Sicilian Sea Salt
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Purple Pig- Bobota "Greek Cornbread" With Feta, Mizithra Cheese & Honey
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Purple Pig- JLT Pork Jowl, Tomato, Frisee, and Fried Duck Egg
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Purple Pig- Chicken Thigh Kebabs with Fried Smashed Potatoes and Tzatziki
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Purple Pig- Amazing Meatball dish with ricotta puree and arugula
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Purple Pig- Whole Salt Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Horseradish Crema, Piquillo Pepper Jam
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Pequod's deep dish
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Pequod's slice
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Publican Quality Meats- Meat Counter
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Publican Quality Meats- Meat Counter also
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Publican Quality Meats- Cheese and Charcuterie plate
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Publican Quality Meats- Gerry's Adobo Dog, adobo sausage, avocado-chimichurri, cilantro-pickled cucumber, onions and mojo rojo on a lobster roll
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Nightwood- Pretzel Roll with leek butter
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Nightwood- Red wine braised borlotti beans, lamb neck, fiddlehead fern, watercress, parmesan
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Nightwood- Brussels sprouts, cider vinaigrette, prune, wood-roasted pecans
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Nightwood- Wild huckleberry glazed smoked pork belly, grilled red cabbage, quinoa, jalapeno, shiso
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Lost Lake- Tiki drinks
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Girl and the Goat- Goat Empanadas
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Girl and the Goat- Green Garlic Pierogies, ramp goddess, rhubarb chimichurri
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Girl and the Goat- Crispy beef short ribs, avocado, ruby red grapefruit chermoula
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Girl and the Goat- Wood Oven Roasted Pig Face, sunny side egg, tamarind, cilantro, red wine-maple, potato stix
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Nice! Yeah, that multiple photo upload is GREAT! Just used on my Prescott/Barley Hound post.

Great addition, Skillet Doux! :)
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Thoughts on Thrillist's 50 Things You Need to Eat in Chicago Before You Die?

I actually think it's a good list... I'm sure there will be opinions... :)

And BarbaraToombs/NightBloom, this is the piece of pork I was talking about last night from Nightwood... The actual meat was hidden underneath the greens and the whole bottom (smile of the plate) was perfectly rendered fat... Ugh. I die. So good.
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And then. This. Spit roasted pork loin with copious amounts of perfectly rendered fat. I tried not to eat all the fat but I'll be honest, when it's this good, it's hard to show restraint. And the bitter greens, garlic, and pine nut salad were perfect on the side. This is a dish you literally dream about.
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Lunchbox wrote:Thoughts on Thrillist's 50 Things You Need to Eat in Chicago Before You Die?

I actually think it's a good list... I'm sure there will be opinions... :)
Of those I've had (22), the only one I take issue with is Portillo's cake shake, because really, who the eff cares?

Note that unlike many Buzzfeed culinary roundup authors, Mike Gebert knows what he's talking about. It's not difficult to divine which of these were his contributions :-)
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Lunchbox wrote:And BarbaraToombs/NightBloom, this is the piece of pork I was talking about last night from Nightwood... The actual meat was hidden underneath the greens and the whole bottom (smile of the plate) was perfectly rendered fat... Ugh. I die. So good.
HOLY CRAP! That looks amazing. :o (There needs to be a drooling emoticon on this forum!!)
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...aaaaaaand you don't get to eat it because Nightwood is closing :-/ ... od-shutter
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Skillet Doux wrote:...aaaaaaand you don't get to eat it because Nightwood is closing :-/ ... od-shutter
Talk about a buzz kill! :x
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Booo! It was a great place.
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Skillet Doux wrote:...aaaaaaand you don't get to eat it because Nightwood is closing :-/ ... od-shutter

Why you gotta ruin my weekend...?

I'm going to be in WI next week and I'm not going to be able to sneak down there... Grrrrrrrrr... Such a bummer....
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fyi Chicago peeps . . . Sprouts has Home Run Inn pizzas BOGO thru 2/24. Stock up
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The girl and I flew in to just be IN Chicago during Games 4 and 5 of the Series and watch with the hometown crowd. Hit up classics like Gino's East (whole sausage patty deep dish), Max's for dogs, Harry Caray's on Navy Pier, and even the Billy Goat Tavern for a Double Cheese (chips; no fries)

We did hit a brunch at Bohemian House that we loved. Cool eclectic space, great service, and a delicious meal . . . I'd have ordered anything on the menu, so we shared a few items . . .

- Butcher's Goulash with knackwurst, a stellar slow braised beef shank, and poached egg. It didn't seem like a goulash, but didn't matter
- A 16hr Smoked Beef Tongue Hash with baby potatoes, roasted beets, two poached eggs, mustard hollandaise, and sweet & sour cabbage. The tongue was mostly fork shredded
- Lox & Toast with trout roe and a not so soft-boiled egg. Man, that roe really made the dish pop. Would get it again in a heartbeat

The bartender Sebastian even comped us a couple small lemoncello's to end the meal

Bohemian House - River North, downtown Chicago

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