We want to get blown away by the Windy City
Do we have any peeps from Chicago in the crowd? Are there lovers of deep dish pizza and hotdogs with pepperoncini in our midst? I hope so, because we need your help.
In November, Mike and I are heading to the Windy City for a whirlwind 4 day vacation as we celebrate our first anniversary as an Official and Legally Bound Married Couple. Before even looking at the attractions, my first thought was…where to eat? After only about 4 minutes’ exploration online, I am now saying…..where NOT to eat?
You guys, Chicago looks like a Foodie WONDERLAND. I am almost beside myself and I barely know where to start. Do we savor the creative molecular gastronomy at some of the world’s top restaurants or spend our scheckels at the elite Avenues at the Peninsula? Do we go to Joe’s Steak and Seafood for stone crab or Shaw’s Crab House for the oyster sampler? Is the “real” Chicago deep dish at Frankie’s on 5th, Uno‘s or Lou Manalti’s? Where IS the best place for steak, hot dogs and BBQ? Oh, the UNKNOWN!!
Right now, this is my work in progress:
- Alinea or MOTO (both are booked but one needs to drop. I want to eat well, not remortgage the house)
This vague and amorphous hatchling of a plan is really all we have to go on right now, and so I appeal to you for help. If there is a must-try restaurant that we really need to visit, will you let us know? If there is a Mom and Pop hole-in-the-wall diner (which are always and without fail my favorite places to eat) can you recommend it? And for god’s sake, please help us sift through our options for the best Sunday brunch. Even if you happened to be in Chicago on an overnight business trip 3 years ago but you can’t help smiling at the memory of a tiny little pub with the best selection of microbrews….we would love to hear from you. Any and all advice (including the “stay away from XYZ..”) would be so very welcome and appreciated.
Look, I really need your help on this one, because if left to our own devices, Mike will choose to do nothing but sample Chicago’s hot dogs for 4 days straight as I tug his sleeve saying, “Oh, ignore the warning sign outside. That place looks like it has total potential! Let’s go see….”