Just got back from celebrating my 40th in Chicago -- wish I had thought to post here for suggestions. But to give you my high and low points I would suggest: Le Coloniel (French Vietnamese) Yummy as well as beautiful. STAY AWAY from Marche -- very mediocre food and irritating space. Salpicon was disappointing too. Interesting tequila selection though... Let us know how you fared in Chi-town!
Yes, yes, yes! I had a marvelous weeknight evening
there maybe 10 years ago, which still stands out as
one of my peak restaurant experiences. Charlie didn't
come out but my colleague and I had a long, friendly
chat over dessert and coffee with the talented
sommelier, who provided a terrific pinot noir.
Exquisite and delicious - my plate of sorbets looked
like an over-the-top Jackson Pollock, with every sort
of fruit dribbled, scattered and painted across the
plate - it was truly beautiful, before this sort of
thing became common. Then, after such a prudent choice
arrived a luscious, complementary creme brulee - once
again, before this multidessert excess was common.
I've yearned to go back ever since.
re: Clifford Abramsc
Hmm, that sounds like more than just a case of being underwhelmed by Charlie Trotters... am curious what draws such antipathy (other than the prices). I don't get around as much as many on this board, but my birthday dinner there 5 years ago was one of the most amazing food experiences I have had. And no attitude either, other than an exaggerated sense of prowesse: I explained that I do not eat ANY seafood (and I was born and raised in Annapolis, so it's not for lack of exposure)--and was told seriously, "well, try tonight's tuna. If you don't like it, *then* you can say you don't eat seafood." I agreed. He's a good chef, but no miracle worker--I walked away saying, "I don't eat seafood."
Haven't been there yet, but reports from the extremely recently opened Tru, run by the couple behind the amazing Trio in Evanston, have been great. Reserve NOW.
Other than that: ribs at Lem's; pork chops at Tufano's; sugar-cured ham and eggs at Lou Mitchell, just to name some things made out of pigs.
re: al pastor
Thanks to all.
Had a fabulous dinner at Charlie Trotters a couple of
years ago, would love to go back, but...a bit too
expensive for this occasion.
As for things made out of pigs, the best type of meat
eats in my opinion, Chicago is to be followed by rural
(is there any other) Iowa, so no dearth of those,