Happy Sunday everyone!
After working last weekend in Houston, my weekend was pretty boring, meaning, this post could be lame.
So to avoid potential lameness, I decided to talk about Chicago Restaurant Week, which ends today. Restaurant Week is one of my favorite things about the city.
For two weeks, select restaurants in Chicago offer prix fixe lunches and dinners at $22 and $32 respectively to get people in their doors. It’s a great way to visit a bunch of restaurants and not break the bank. You can read about last year’s Restaurant Week adventures here.
When Restaurant Week is also announced, productivity goes way down in my office for a few hours. Getting reservations is difficult at certain places and I usually have multiple people call the “must go to” places, trying to see who gets through.
Piccolo Sogno – Grade: A
Favorite dish: Wide noodles with spiced wild boar stew
Tasted like pot roast with egg noodes, but a BILLION times better
Naha – Grade: A+
Favorite dishes: Pork Belly and Organic Carnaroli Risotto with Matsutake Mushrooms, Roasted Zucchini, Tender Leaf Spinach, Parmesan Reggiano and Thyme and “Open-Faced” Banana Tartlette, Spiced Rum, Toasted Cashews, Vanilla Chiboust “Custard” and Salted Caramel
There are no words to describe how delicious this was. Absolutely perfect.
I cleaned this plate. And almost licked it too
Tizi Melloul – Grade: B
Favorite dish: Fire-roasted prince edward island mussels, warm harissa butter
(Restaurant had bad lighting which is why this picture sucks)
Never had mussels served like this before. Amazing. I would go back just for that dish
More pictures are available on my Flickr page too.
So there were a lot of good eats and atmosphere this week but I am excited to be back in my own kitchen and cooking for myself.
How was everyone else’s weekend? If you could pick one restaurant to go to for Restaurant Week, where would you go? Or what kind of things do you love to order when you go out?