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Jun 14, 2013 03:36 AM

Long time since I have been back

I lived on the North Side for 5 years back in Late '80's.
Havent been back to the City of Broad Shoulders since '93.

Looking forward to Lunch at Topolobampo (it was under construction when I moved away in late '90). I ate at Frontera just once before I left Chicago, it was brand new at the time and it was great. 20 + years and lots of things have changed !!

Getting in next Thursday, think I am headed up to Hopleaf for beers and snacks Thurs night, Late Lunch Fri at Topo, planning on gorging so that we can avoid a full on dinner. Maybe hit Blues and Kingston Mines later that day. We are off to Beloit on Saturday for a wedding and back in Chicago on Sunday. Still have no dinner plans for Sunday. We are staying near north side, 800 block. Any of the small plates places or G&T fish open on Sunday ??
I have read lots of past posts for first timers, and quick weekend visitors. All of you regulars put up great info, much more active than boards in some other towns. Thanks for the wealth of info.

Looking forward to a bit of a time warp and a walk down memory lane.

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  1. Purple Pig

    Sunday - Thursday 11:30 a.m to Midnight (Kitchen open 'til midnight)
    Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (Kitchen open 'til 1 a.m.)

    All Day Dining:
    Monday - Wednesday, 11 am - 11 pm
    Thursday - Friday, 11 am - 12 midnight
    Saturday, 2 pm - 12 midnight
    Sunday, 2 pm - 11 pm

    Saturday - Sunday, 8 am - 2 pm

    Monday - Saturday, 11 am - 2 am
    Sunday, 11 am - 12 midnight

    GT Fish & Oyster
    Saturday thru Sunday

    Monday thru Friday

    Sunday thru Thursday

    Friday and Saturday

    1 Reply
    1. re: kathryn

      Good info from Kathryn. As you can see, our downtown restaurants focusing on small plates are almost all open 7 days. Mercat a la Planxa, Café Iberico, Quartino, and Avec are open 7 days too, as is Perennial Virant (which is not quite downtown). Province is closed Sundays. Inovasi, in Lake Bluff, is closed Sundays. Found, in Evanston, is closed Mondays.

      Sable, GT Fish, Mercat, Quartino, Perennial Virant, Province, and Inovasi all accept reservations, including on Purple Pig, Café Iberico, Avec, and Found do not accept reservations, and all have long waits to be seated during normal dinner hour

    2. So here is my recap.
      Got in late Thurs afternoon, had tapas and wine at Cafe Iberico on LaSalle. Great food, lots of options for my vegetarian brother. Loved the octopus. Then we enjoyed a few too many taster sized beers at Clark St Ale House (no food), then found ourselves at the bar of Farmhouse on Chicago. Had some great ice cream and dessert.
      Friday we went to Topolobampo/Frontera and sat at the bar. Ceviche sampler and Oaxacan Lamb Mole for me, mushroom Quesadilla for my bro. Food was great as expected. The chips with the Ceviche were lovely, barkeep pointed out that I should follow the ceviche with something small since I was eating it all myself, and the richness and density of flavor in the mole was ideal after the fish. The Big eye tuna was a favorite, sitting atop a little guac with a splash of tequilla, really danced on the tongue. Nice combo of flavors and textures. We finished up w/ a nice strawberry shortcake, the black pepper biscuit used was not too sweet, handled well, not stiff or tough at all. Berries nice and sweet, lots of juice to soak in to the biscuit.
      After lunch we went to see the Cubs. Good game but we could have done without the 3 hour rain delay!!! 1:20 game started at 4:45. We stayed till end of 7th, then took train up to Berwyn and walked to the Hopleaf (after I walked past my apartment from 23 years ago !!).
      The Hopleaf is truly a world class beer bar. Amazing selection, great stuff on tap and really obscure hard to find Belgians in bottles. I had a Duck Reuben that was sooooo good, went wonderfully with the Daisy Cutter ale and the 3 Floyds Zombie Dust IPA.
      Sat am before heading to Wisconsin for a wedding we hit Xoco for some Huevos Ranchero and a chocolate drink. Nice jolt from the Aztec with the hot chilies. Wish we had another chance to eat there but we had to go north and they are closed Sun & Mon.
      Think thats about it.
      Really enjoyed my little excursion and blast down memory lane, wish I had gotten out to Kingston Mines but it just didnt happen. Maybe next time ????