former chicago chowhound returning for 3-day visit
As a former Chicago chowhound returning for a visit for the first time in 4 years, I am eager to hit old spots and try new ones. My particular interests are Mexican, barbecue, and other cuisines that I can't get much of in Uganda (where I live now), or Boston, my other stop on this trip. My planned ideal itinerary, after reading this board and the LTH forum, is as follows:
Lunch--Xni-Pec or Sol de Mexico
Dinner--Katsu or Sunshine Cafe
Breakfast--Maxwell Street Market (will all the vendors be out in the winter?)
Dinner--Jamaican or Peruvian food
Breakfast--Svea/Sweet Maple Cafe/or undecided soul food restaurant?
Lunch--La Quebrada or La Oaxaquena or Restaurante Oaxaca, if it is still around
Dinner--San Soo Gap San, or anything I haven't eaten yet
Snacks: Tamales from somewhere, Spinach pies from Middle Eastern Bakery, Sticky Rice and Red Bean Cakes from New York Bakery in Albany Park
I would appreciate any suggestions, on the Jamaican/Peruvian/Soul/breakfast food front, or any "to die for" restaurants that I should add to this itinerary. I will probably avoid any very far Southwest or far South (except Lem's) restaurants due to time constraints. Plus any very fancy restaurants are out since i have two small and often destructive kids.
La Oaxaquena is still open at the 3382 North Milwaukee location, but the 6113 West Diversey location was closed earlier this year and converted into a catering and banquet facility under a different name.
Since you obviously have an interest in Mexican food, the one place I strongly recommend is Flamingo's Seafood in Mount Prospect. It's just amazingly creative and delicious, and IMHO way better than Sol de Mexico. (Not that SdM is bad - it's good - I just think Flamingo's is much better, and also its preparations are more unusual.)