Category: Chicago

What Was Your Favorite Dish of 2011?

Every month I flip through the pages of the food mags, taking in images of fantasy kitchens I’ll never have, complicated recipes I’ll never attempt, and exotic locales I’ll never visit. What a pleasure then to read December’s Food & Wine (already?!) about an outpost of Fatty Crab now open on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a place I just booked a little holiday travel. Sign me up for the butter-poached lobster with kimchi butter sauce and a couple of those wine “spritzahs.”

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The Purple Pig: My Last Seduction

You’ve got to love a restaurant with the slogan “Cheese, Swine, & Wine.” I first went to The Purple Pig on Michigan Avenue in Chicago a year ago–another great food weekend–because it was near my hotel. This year I returned for the fried whiting you eat like fries. They have a fun customizable wine list and, actually, that describes the food menu as well. I’m always happy to be able to piece together a meal with a bunch of small plates; I’m ecstatic when I’m required to. This type of menu is simply diner-friendly.

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Alinea, Please, Laugh Me to the End of Time

After two weeks of nothing tasting particularly super, a weekend in Chicago was just the thing to jolt those yawning taste buds. Everything I have read, as well as everything I’ve eaten there, leads me to conclude that Chicago is the leading food city in the country right now. And so, for that needed jolt, I spent three hours at perhaps the best restaurant in the best food city, Grant Achatz’s Alinea.

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