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Oatmeal

A near constant throng of dietary experts is recommending that we eat more oatmeal.

Two questions: (1) which restaurant has the best oatmeal in town?

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  1. The other question was if I want to make some good oatmeal at home-any recommendations for the tastiest and most healthy brand you can find at your local whole foods or dominicks?

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    1. re: pouletbuffet

      Not sure about question 1 - but for question 2 go with steel cut oatmeal - provides IMO a better taste - I have had a few brands and are were good -

      1. re: pouletbuffet

        McCann's Steel Cut oats are sold in a tin are stocked at a lot of places and take some time to prepare, but they have the best texture and a rich flavor. Avoid instant or quick cook oats at all costs - they're par cooked so they have less nutrition and it tastes like paper.

        1. re: Bunson

          If you soak them overnight they cook up quickly in the AM

        2. re: pouletbuffet

          Just to chime in - I'm always a fan of oatmeal cookies to get in my oats (honestly). Instead of butter I use olive oil, instead of eggs I use egg substitute, and I throw in an extra cup of oat bran for the benefit. Granted there's still sugar (but that doesn't effect the choles. or fat) but they're actually really good.

          1. re: pouletbuffet

            I cook steel cut oats in a slow cooker. You have the option of adding dried fruit, but I usually wait until it's almost done to maintain its integrity. You can always cook a lot and freeze them in portion sized containers for an easy breakfast anytime you want.

            1. re: pouletbuffet

              Although you can't find it at whole foods or dominicks the oatmeal I love is Flavahans Progress Oats. you can find them at most Irish stores or you can order it online.

            2. I don't know of any restaurants that make their oatmeal -- steel-cut, Irish or Scottish cut -- with milk instead of water. I think that makes a huge difference in the quality of both taste and texture so i almost never order it when I am out.

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              1. re: chicgail

                I originally had steel cut oatmeal at Ina''s in Lincoln Park - I have not been to here new place on Randolph but would assume it is served there as well - http://www.breakfastqueen.com/index.html

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                Ina's
                1235 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

              2. Some of the Latin American places in town have oatmeal shakes. Try Irazu.

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                Irazu
                1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

                1. Lucky platter in Evanston has excellent oatmeal.

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                  Lucky Platter
                  514 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202

                  1. The small chain of Egg Harbors do a pretty nice baked oatmeal - locations thru out the suburbs.

                    Also, we were at Meli Cafe over the weekend and while I didn't have it, their baked oatmeal also looked quite tasty.