Eating America: The Best Food in Chicago, Part 3: Tourist Food

HCDoughnuts

Where to Eat in Tourist Areas of Chicago?  Consider this the food blogger's guide to Chicago. As I say on my About Page, being a GastroGnome is not about sitting idly on the front lawn of culinary cottages. Each year I tell my stories of trips to Beijing, Hanoi, and Mexico, but sometimes I leave out my favorite places right here in the U.S. No more! This is the latest installment of my 'Eating America' series, featuring the best eating around our fine nation. If you’re in Chicago visiting, likelihood is you’ll be around the tourist areas. And while getting out to neighborhoods like … [Read more...]

Eating America: The Best Food in Chicago, Part 2: High-end Restaurants

Hot Chocolate at Alinea

Consider this the food blogger's guide to Chicago. As I say on my About Page, being a GastroGnome is not about sitting idly on the front lawn of culinary cottages. Each year I tell my stories of trips to Beijing, Hanoi, and Mexico, but sometimes I leave out my favorite places right here in the U.S. No more! This is the latest installment of my 'Eating America' series, featuring the best eating around our fine nation. Alinea. Yeah. I went there. We ate at Alinea. It was an experience. It’s ranked the 7th best restaurant in the world (a ranking which, having been to others that are … [Read more...]

Eating America: The Best Food in Chicago, Part 1: Budget Restaurants

PDSoupBetter

Consider this the food blogger's guide to Chicago. As I say on my About Page, being a GastroGnome is not about sitting idly on the front lawn of culinary cottages. Each year I tell my stories of trips to Beijing, Hanoi, and Mexico, but sometimes I leave out my favorite places right here in the U.S. No more! This is the latest installment of my 'Eating America' series, featuring the best eating around our fine nation. In my few trips to Chicago, I’ve mostly had the chance to eat at only a few places while passing through the city on the way to Brett’s family’s place out in the burbs. … [Read more...]

Mac and Miso: Inspiration and Failure

MacMiso1WM

I broke my blog. I wasn't paying attention, and I hit update on something, and it overrode changes I'd made that do minor things. Things I'm sure other people don't even pay attention to, like whether the ads fit in their boxes or not. Whether there is a 'next post' button at the bottom of the page. My blog is broken, and while I designed it my self, I'll be honest, it was a while ago and I can't for the life of me remember how I made it work before. This was supposed to be a post about inspiration. Specifically about the chef and photographer who inspired the dish above and the photo I … [Read more...]

I say Devon, You Say Devon: The Final Chicago Post

The title, in its more readable form should say "I say Deh-vuhn, you say DEH-Vawn." While I did all of my research for the Chicago trip, like a good little foodie, one thing that I couldn't plan for was pronunciation. At Adam's party on the 4th I was explaining the plan and a girl extremely politely and very calmly pointed out to me that I had been pronouncing the tantalizing Indian area of town as Devon, like the name. Turns out it is known as Devon, as in kind of rhymes with teflon (take out the l). Properly prepared with proper pronunciation and a delicious breakfast of homemade Swedish … [Read more...]

Back to Tasting Chicago

I know these post in reverse order...so this could be the first segment or the third on our trip...But either way, it is the part about tasting the real tastes of chicago. We started our morning by parking at the Roosevelt Road El stop and walking over to Canal Street for the Maxwell Street Market. I love markets. I love the hustle, the bustle and most of all the myriad of stuff for sale. While we wandered, I ached to have a place like this in Seattle. Our first stop for food was the eyeball taco stand. B ordered a barbacoa taco, I ordered an ojo barbacoa. The taco was shockingly tasty. The … [Read more...]

The Taste of Chicago…And Tasting Chicago

Last weekend I was in Chicago, ostensibly to meet B's family. "Find out all the best food" he told me, encouragingly. So there was born a second reason for the trip to Chi town, a tasting of the best food we could find. We arrived on Thursday evening and went to meet some friends at a bar called the Hopleaf. I was excited they suggested this place, as it was on my list to try anyways. Great beer selection, delicious curry mussels. Let me rephrase, transcendent curry mussels. I was impressed. Pretty good fries, pretty good pork belly with strange sauces. I would stick with the good beers and … [Read more...]