Sorry all... being in London and 5 hours ahead of local time, I'm running a little behind on my posts. Here's a rather impressive list that I ran across last evening right after posting this... http://www.saltshaker.net/underground-dining-scene
fm1963, thanks for the info... I'll definitely look into these! I've heard Bite New York tends to be one of the better of the lot, but is currently closed until November.
I've discovered that New York's underground dining scene can be very hit and miss. So, I would suggest the experience to everyone, but strive to get on the more exclusive lists, because those tend to be the most memorable experiences! A lot of places keep FB pages to keep patrons up-to-date on their happenings.
Here's my favorite so far in London: http://www.eatwithyoureyes.net/
It's a fantastic experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting and looking for an authentic London dining experience!
My husband and I are currently living in London and know the underground "supper club" scene here pretty well.
We're going to be in New York for a wedding in late September/early October and would love to incorporate an underground event into our (already gluttonous) itinerary.
I'm wondering what some of your favorites are?
Thanks in advance!
Okie dokie, Slough... you asked for all over and local... here's the list so far...
Hot Dog: Hot Doug's (as already mentioned) - Avondale - loooooong lines - not open Sunday - local foodie haven
Hangover Cure: Takashi - Bucktown - authentic Japanese noodles served Sunday lunch only; dinner is also outstanding, but I'd pick elsewhere if you can do Sunday lunch in lieu
Southern Food: Table 52 - Gold Coast - Art Jetter's (Oprah's chef) gem - Fried Chicken!
Burger: The Gage - South Loop - great beer list, too
Dessert/Sweets - Hot Chocolate - Bucktown - also does great brunch
Where you'll find the locals:
I'm no longer getting into a debate over steak -- it's overrated to begin with. All I'll say: Gibson's is a Chicago institution and in the Viagra Triangle.
Also, get the "Chicago mix" at Garrett's popcorn -- two stores located downtown - crazy tourist lines, but so good. Working weekends for toursim, the best hangover crew was always iced coffee from Intelligentsia and a bag of Chicago mix from Garrett's down the street.
Hope this helps!
The Map Room
Green City Market
Table fifty-two Restaurant
I have to agree with Go... I misspoke -- er, mistyped -- in my first response. For the money, Gibson's of Kinzie are a lot better to me. Gibson's is also a Chicago institution. And for what it's worth, David Burke is a New York chef. Unless it's Mario Batali or Daniel Boulud serving me steak, I'd stick with the Chicago staples. :)
Also, Le Bouchon and La Sardine are affiliated. As it's closer to Downtown, it may be a metter option for you. But if you don't mind traveling out a bit, I'd still go with Bouchon. You'll get a better feel for what Chicago is really like that way, too.
I would also consider Avec for a more French-style restaurant, too. It's definitely a Chicago-foodie haunt, and is a lot of fun. However, they don't take reservations, but it's always fun to go and wait in the summer. Grab a bottle of wine, a table outside, and just people watch. It's not a bistro, but it's excellent French/Basque food, and it gives you a really good idea of what the Chicago food scene is like.
My husband and I are traveling to Puglia in June for a week. We've rented a private place outside of Martina Franca with a full kitchen, grill, etc. I'm planning on cooking most of our evenings meals and eating out at lunch. I've been researching markets and whatnot, but have been sketchy results on the best places to purchase ingredients.
We'll have a car and are up for experiencing just about anything Puglia has to offer, so please feel free to throw it all out there... proteins, seafoods, produce, olive oil, cheese, wine -- all of it! What shops and markets do it best?
North Pond tends to be a little out of the way, unless you take a cab up Lakeshore (outside of rush hour).
Eve in River North is very dark and sexy... also, (on the much more expensive ends of things) try NoMi at the Park Hyatt or Sixteen at the Trump Tower. If anything, go for a drink on the terrace at Sixteen; it's an exquisite view on the City. The Gage across from Millennium Park is really a lot of fun. The low-lighting at dinner time tends to keep the bar area more hushed, so that it doesn't disturb the diners in booths toward the back wall.
Hope you have a great trip!
Oysters ARE MY THING! Hands down best oysters in Chicago are at The Publican. My husband I went for oysters once a week when we were living nearby. The selection is fanastic! Also, try the ham plate, and the frites with egg. We generally always ordered a 750mL bottle of Malheur to wash it down.
Oysters at Pubican are one of just a couple things that I miss most about Chicago!
Make sure you make a reservation at least a couple weeks in advance, because there is generally no way you're walking in and getting a table here.
Definitely drop David Burke's. I've been several times, and have never been truly satisfied with the meal. It's also more expensive than other well-known steakhouses in Chicago. For the money, I'd say either Kinzie Chop House or Gibson's.
Our favourite bistro is Le Bouchon in Bucktown. Has a very authentic feel to it, and the steak is always really good. Two birds with one stone here!