I survived Rosemont! (My Chicago trip report)
Thanks for all the suggestions for Chicago dining. Obviously, I wasn't able to eat at all of them, and for my two lunches at the conference, time constraints forced me to eat at the concession at the Donald Stephens Convention Center. But I did find some good food.
On Monday, I arrived at Chicago early and faced the prospect of Lunch in the Loop. After reviewing the Lunch in the Loop thread, I headed out down Jackson Blvd and ended up at La Cocina. I wasn't sure I wanted Mexican, but I was hungry and decided I had been walking long enough. I do have to say, it was pretty good. I had a chorizo taco, a chile relleno taco and a tamale. Ther service was friendly and reasonably efficient, though they did forget the tamale, but it was whished out with a minimum of fuss. I would give it high marks for authenticity, on the basis of my having spent a lot of time last year down along the southern border.
By Monday evening, I was checked in my hotel in Rosemont, and checked over the recommendations along the Blue Line, as I decided I wasn't in the mood to hike all over the city by public transportation. After looking at a couple of alternatives, I decided on the Lula Cafe at t he Logan Square stop. Part of the reason was to sample the "Monday Night Farm Dinner." Alas, I got a late start and didn't arrive until after 8 PM, and apparently the Farm dinner was sold out. I ordered off the menu, and had the "whole roasted rushing waters trout with crab stuffing, apples, purslane,
roast garlic, and rue glazed pearl onions." It was very tasty, but what was amazing was that the chef was able to debone the thing, bbut present it intact, wrapped in the skin. They seated me at a counter, as I was dining alone, and the place was pretty full, and I got to chat with one of the chefs, who was hanging out behind the counter, and explained how some of the food was cooked. They recommended an inexpensive Italian white that was very good. For dessert, I had the gateau basque and a grappa, both of which were excellent.
For Tuesday evening, I had to meet with some colleagues, we ended up at their hotel, the Doubletree, and decided to at that the hotel's restaurant, BC Bistro and Lounge. Normally, I cringe at the prospect of chain hotel dining, but was pleasantly surprised in this case. I had a New York strip steak, cooked very well with asparagus and mashed potatoes. At $26, I'll bet it was a better value than the $40 steaks at Gibson's steakhouse next door. This I had accompanied with a glass of a Montevina zinfandel.
I departed Wednesday via Amtrak, and tried a "Chicago style" hot dog in a stand in Union Station to hold me over until the dining car opened. A little messy, but tasty.
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