Help with Chicago food itinerary please...
Wife and I will be pasing through Chicago for a few days on a week long road trip and could use some help vetting our food itinerary. We will be coming from San Francisco by way of Milwaukee with a goal to sample local eats and institutions. We will be staying at a B&B in Wicker Park,will have a car but would prefer to us public transportation when practical, and love hitting up hole-in the-walls as well as the occasional more upscale establishments.
Drive to Chicago from Milwaukee
Dinner at Lou Malnati’s for a sample of authentic deep dish pizza
Sandwich crawl with intermingled site seeing (Untouchable’s TourJH Skydeck, etc.):
-Portillo’s Hot Dogs
Dinner at Fontera Grill (got my res for 8:30. Anyone know what the wait would be like at Xoco around that time?)
Lunch at Turkish Festival
Site seeing: Mini-Bus & Boat Tour, Navy Pier
Dinner at Gene & Georgetti (changed from Harry Caray's Stakehouse)
Drive to Cleveland
Hit Uncle John’s BBQ for rib tips and sausage on the way out of town
The one thing that sticks out at me is Gene & Georgetti. If you're going there because it's a longtime local institution and you want to soak up the atmosphere, then okay. But if you want a really great steak, you'd be better off going to David Burke's Primehouse or Chicago Cut Steakhouse.
Thanks. I'm looking more for Chicago old school, as I think it would be easier to match the more contemporary steakhouses in the SF Bay Area. Was originally looking at Harry Carry's as it appears they do offer a dry-aged cut, but figured I may as well go with a Chicago institution while I'm there.