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First time visitor to Chicago in search of 4 days of great eating.

I'm tagging along with my husband while he attends a conference in July.
I will have 4 full days (Wed-Sat) on my own to discover the splendor and food of Chicago!
We are staying at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare but I plan to do a lot of walking and using the L for transportation.
I would love to try out local favorites while wandering different neighborhoods. Anything along the Blue line between O'Hare and the Loop would be preferable but anywhere for a single woman, and within safe walking distance to any L stop would be great.
I will have the hubby with me during the evenings and neither one of us have been to Chicago before, so we would love to try things quintessential "Chicago". Deep Dish and Hot Dogs to be sure but would love to visit some local "dives" and neighborhood favorites too.
As far as $ goes I love "cheap eats" and great food trucks and for a sit down dinner I usually like to keep it around $20pp per meal for food. We aren't big drinkers so no need to worry about that expense. We will spend more if it is worth it and will be celebrating a birthday so recs across the board are very, very welcome.
I've started my research and will update with my ideas and findings but any help will be greatly appreciated!

Jun 02, 2013
kiki2U in Chicago Area

Conference Widow's (Longish) Four Day Plan

Mmmmm Australian savory pies sound very good. I will definitely consider this an option if weather doesn't permit or I don't end up wanting to walk all the way to Castle Island, which also sounds lovely. I'm still not really sure of how far things are or how long they will take so thanks for the input about that Bellachefa.

May 07, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow's (Longish) Four Day Plan

Thank you very much for the suggestions Niblet. Some very fun ideas and food suggestions. The omelette sounds divine. The paramount's seating policy sounds very familiar to a very busy local restaurant in my neighborhood and it is crazy to see how it all works out.

May 07, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow's (Longish) Four Day Plan

I am a pizza purist. The plainer the better for me, so plain cheese it is. I also loooove Mac and Cheese...so I will be visiting Picco. Plain cheese, mac & cheese, grilled cheese...pollystyrene you discovered my weakness...Thanks for the advice.

May 07, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow's (Longish) Four Day Plan

Burdick's was on my original plan but I thought I saw something about them not being open on Sunday which doesn't make any sense so this back on the plan.Especially after FoodDabblers awesome advice :)

May 07, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow's (Longish) Four Day Plan

Depending on my time frame I may get the Ricotta Pie early and take it back to the hotel before dinner. I'm not sure we will have a fridge though so I'll have to play this one by ear.

May 07, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow's (Longish) Four Day Plan

Milk punch sounds yummy. What is it exactly?

May 07, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow's (Longish) Four Day Plan

Ok after much deliberation and a few curve balls here it is, my plan:

Saturday afternoon arrive in Boston we will explore briefly Newberry St and Boylston St. Any appetizers or pre-dinner recommendations in this area.

We have 10:00pm reservations at ICOB for our first time Raw Oysters experience. Will probably try and see if we can get an earlier reservation or we may end up sitting at the bar depending on how travel tired we are. Any particular dinner items we must try? I get from other posts we should avoid the lobster roll here.

Sunday Morning - Will walk to The Paramount for Breakfast via the Public Garden, Charles St and try and see Beacon Hill depending how early we get up and out. Want to get to The Paramount early to avoid a long wait. Banana Caramel French Toast? Any other breakfast food rec’s for the Paramount?

After breakfast we hope to continue exploring Beacon Hill, The Common and the first part of the Freedom Trail. Hopefully we will be able to grab a bowl of Clam Chowder and some Indian Pudding at Durgin Park before husband has to head to his conference. (Thanks for setting me straight on this Karl )

I will use this afternoon to wander and explore, possibly Chinatown and the South End. Any “just stop for a bite of take out” or treat places you recommend in these areas? For dinner we will head to The Druid for Fish and Chips and some Irish Fare. From there we will walk or take the bus to Harvard yard and Harvard Square where we will sample the Homemade Ice Cream at JP Licks
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Monday – Grab breakfast at Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe. Turkey Hash and Blueberry Pancakes good bets?
I will head to the North End for some sightseeing and hope to be in line at the opening of Galleria Umbertos day at 11:00. I know, I know arancinis and panzarottis  Will go to Mike’s for a treat during the day and hit Modern for a ricotta pie with the husband after dinner at Pizzeria Regina’s. What is the pie to get here?

Tuesday - I will be at Flour early for take out Sticky buns and Homemade Oreo’s.

I may go to the JFK Library this morning but haven’t been able to find to many rec’s for a good solo lunch in this area. Any idea’s? Otherwise, I know they aren’t anywhere close but, I may try and make it over to Castle Island and visit Sullivan’s. I really want to try a lobster roll and the one here seems to be on the good and cheap lists. Would you recommend it? I think I would prefer the hot with butter roll to the cold with mayo roll does anyone know which kind Sullivan’s is?
Another option for lunch is a Food Truck. Any that I must track down and what to order idea’s? I love me a good grilled cheese so depending on where Roxie’s is I may track them down.
If I end up staying closer to “home” I will definitely go get the burger at Sel De La Terre for lunch after a visit to Fenway, the Mapperium and the Museum of Fine Arts.
For dinner we have a dinner catered by Wolfgang Puck and concert at The Institute of Contemporary Art. Don’t know what to expect food wise, anyone have any experience with WP catering? The museum alone sounds beautiful and worth doing.

Wednesday - Morning we will go to Mike and Patty’s for the fried egg fancy and whatever looks good on their new menu.
We have to check out of our hotel and we catch a train at 3:30 so we were thinking we would stick close to the Back Bay area. Maybe this would be a good day to grab that burger and view at Sel De La Terre.
Then we were thinking we would grab sandwiches - Chipotle Pastrami - at Sam LaGrassa’s to take on the train out of town.

I know things don’t always go as planned but it is a place to start.
You have all been so great to chime in and lead me in the right directions and correct my misunderstandings so far. Thanks again and keep all of it coming.
I will definitely report back after the trip!

May 04, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

A Game of Either Or

I used a service. I'll try direct. Thanks for the tip.

May 01, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

A Game of Either Or

Thanks Karl. I certainly have no intention of trying any sort of accent, Boston or otherwise :) I truely suck at all of them. I just thought since both the union oyster house and durgin park continuely get trashed on this board as being tourist traps that maybe chowdah was the proper term to use in that case. I happily stand corrected and appreciate the advice. :)

May 01, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

A Game of Either Or

You are right just looked and Charlie's is closed on Sundays.

May 01, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

A Game of Either Or

Thanks! Just the sort of advice I was hoping for. How long do you think the wait for two would be to sit at the bar at ICOB on a Sat or Sunday night say around 8:00. No red sox game either night. Reservation for a table not available until 10:00 on Saturday and that might be a little late for these travel weary tourists to go. Would we be missing out on anything food or otherwise by just sitting at the bar?

May 01, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

A Game of Either Or

I have another thread going on this board that many of you have been so gracious and helpful with. I just about had my plan made when tragedy struck and I found out my trip will be cut short by a day. Here's where the either or comes into play. I must make some cuts (gasp)
So if anyone feels strongly about what must stay and what can go play along :)

I'll just go ahead and start with the big guns.
ICOB vs. Neptune it's gotta be one or the other for
Sunday nights dinner.

Dooley's or The Druid for the best Irish pub food and experience

Durgin Park or Union Oyster for the total tourist blowout and chowder or is it chowdah in this case?

Sullivan's or Galleria Umberto for a locals only weekday lunch

Mike and Patty's, Paramount or Charlie's sandwich shoppe for Sunday breakfast NOT brunch before a walk on the freedom trail.

Flour or Thinking cup for baked goods and coffee early morning.

Casa Rozada or Sal de la Terre for a solo weekday lunch.

Pizza Regina or Casablanca for neighborhood hangout dinner.

I'll be sure to post my final plan and of course my experiences after having visited.
I'm so excited!
Thanks in advance for all your help.

Apr 30, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow Trolling the streets of Boston in search of Food

Just did some more looking and it looks like it is just the Long Warf location that is no longer serving lunch. The other two locations will remain open. Looks like this could be a great option :)

Apr 25, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow Trolling the streets of Boston in search of Food

Just read on the website that Sel de la Terre is no longer serving lunch. :(

Apr 25, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow Trolling the streets of Boston in search of Food

Opinionatedchef, I have absolutely looked at you itenerary by neighborhood and am basing many of our choices on it! :) I do thank you and the other very accomadating Boston CHers for continuing to chime in on specific questions and ideas. It really is appreciated!

Apr 24, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow Trolling the streets of Boston in search of Food

So good to know! Thanks!
Maybe will try and go over one evening after dinner somewhere else. Maybe get dessert/or a walk around treat. Any suggestions?

Apr 24, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow Trolling the streets of Boston in search of Food

I was afraid of that. :(
Is there anywhere in the Harvard area that is worth braving the crowds for? Not necessarily for the most outstanding food, but in a not to be missed Boston Experience. I think we will try and make it over to Cambridge and Harvard Square at least to see the place.
Earlier in the week the better do you think?

Apr 24, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow Trolling the streets of Boston in search of Food

I realized early on and then didn't think about it again but we will be there the days leading up to Harvard commencement. Is that going to make things at all difficult? Should we even plan to try Mr. Bartley's or other favorite Harvard haunts?

Apr 24, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow Trolling the streets of Boston in search of Food

Okay my new found Boston CH friends. You have made me feel so welcome on this bored that I feel I can trust you with an embarrassing little secret.
I have never eaten raw oysters before. I live in the Rocky's and we just don't specialize in seafood especially the raw variety. When I travel I usually try to hit up the local favorites and bests and as I have never had the honor of traveling to your fine city before where oysters are among the favorites and best you have to offer I will be experiencing this treat for the first time :)
Soooo any advise on how, what and where to lose my raw oyster virginity would be appreciated!

Apr 22, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow Trolling the streets of Boston in search of Food

Thanks for the advice. I know they aren't in the same neighborhood or don't claim to offer the same experience but what about Thinking Cup instead. Maybe on a day I plan to do more heavy eating later in the day. I'm not a huge coffee drinker but my husband likes a good cup either hot or iced.

Apr 22, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow Trolling the streets of Boston in search of Food

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! It is so my speed. I downloaded the app and will anxiously await the day I am in Boston and can hit the "find nearby trucks " button :) will definitely add the suggested trucks with (menu items) to my favorites and must dos.
Thanks again

Apr 22, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow Trolling the streets of Boston in search of Food

I knew I could count on some great responses! Thank you all so much! So I was thinking that maybe the hubby could get in breakfast at some great places too if we go early enough that we can get back for conference mumbo jumbo. Here is what I have come up with. Please feel free to offer opinions and advice.
Mike &Patty's: Fried Egg Fancy, Breakfast Tacos
Flour Bakery: Sticky Buns, Homemade Oreos
Paramount: French Toast?
Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe: Turkey Hash, Blueberry pancakes
Zaftigs: Banana Stuffed French Toast, Apple Cheddar Omlette

Anxious to get your opinions on this list! Thanks again!

Apr 21, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

Conference Widow Trolling the streets of Boston in search of Food

I'm tagging along with my husband while he attends a conference in mid-May.
I will have 4 full days (Sunday-Wednesday) on my own to discover the beauty and food of Boston!
We are staying in Back Bay but I am planning to do a lot of walking and to use the T for transportation.
I would love to try out local favorites while wandering different neighborhoods. (North End, Cambridge, Becon Hill, Kennmore, Back Bay) I will also be walking the Freedom Trail of course.
In the evenings I will take the hubby back to the neighborhoods show him the highlights and have dinner.
Neither one of us have been to Boston before, so for dinner we would love to try things quintessential "Boston" (Seafood, chowder, Irish pub, North End Italian etc.) so if a place might be a little "touristy" that's okay cause it is all about the "experience" this trip.
I've started my research and will update with ideas but any help will be greatly appreciated!

Apr 21, 2012
kiki2U in Greater Boston Area

I'll try again...

Ok hopefully second time is a charm :)
Been working on places to eat and what to order at said places, just hoping I'm on the right track and looking for input on the best things to order.

What are some your favorites are at these places.

Blue Smoke BBQ – Burger, deviled eggs, mac & cheese
Mamouns- Falafal
Artichoke Basille’s - Margherita slice
Motorino -Prosciutto pie
Russ & Daughters -Whitefish salad, Lox and Bagels
Crif Dogs- Pork Deep fried dog (telephone booth bar)
Punjabi- chicken naan
Doughnut Plant – Tres Leches,Crème Brulee, Coconut Creme
Xi’an Famous Foods -Liang Pi, Lamb burger
Prosperity Dumpling -fried dumplings
Great NY Noodle Town – Pan fried noodle dish, roast pig or duck, Ginger scallion sauce
Café Katja- Aufschnitt teller (mixed appetizer plate), housemade brat, spaetzle
Joe’s Shanghai – Soup dumplings
Clinton Street Baking – Biscuit sandwich, pancakes
City Bakery – French toast
Good Enough to Eat – Big Breakfast, Corned Beef Hash, comfort food
Shopsins- ebelskivers , slutty pancakes (won't ask any questions or for substitutions)
Alfanoose - falafel
Amy Ruth’s Fried Chicken and Waffles

Not trying to get any freebies, I've done my homework just hoping to get some input.
Feel free to respond...or not.

Thanks!

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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Amy Ruth's
113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

Good Enough to Eat
483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

City Bakery
3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Alfanoose
8 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Prosperity Dumpling
46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

Crif Dogs
113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Doughnut Plant
220 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Apr 28, 2011
kiki2U in Manhattan

Breakfast on the A,C Line Bklyn

Thank you all so much, these spots will be perfect for what we are looking for.
Will comment back with our favorites.

Apr 18, 2011
kiki2U in Outer Boroughs

Breakfast on the A,C Line Bklyn

We will be staying a week in Brooklyn probably going into the city each day on the train.
Would like to find a great breakfast spot we can make our go to breakfast stop each day on the way into the city preferable close to a transfer spot ie Jay St/Borough hall, Lafayette/ Atlantic Ave.
Under $10 per person would be great for the go to, but also interested in any other great breakfast spots on a weekday.
Thanks

Apr 14, 2011
kiki2U in Outer Boroughs

Best place to get a birthday cake for husbands 40th bday, couple from out of town.

We are a couple coming to NYC for my husbands 40th birthday.
The kids are staying home but want to order a fun birthday cake as a surprise.
Nothing too out there because it will just be the two of us and would rather not pay for something we aren't going to be able to eat.
We have watched a fair amount of Cake Boss but would rather find something in the city or Brooklyn (where we are staying)
Thanks for any help.

Apr 06, 2011
kiki2U in Manhattan

Foodie Couple in NYC for a week

We are actually staying in Brooklyn, would love to explore the Outer Boroughs as well.
Thanks for the tip...I have been following that board too.

Feb 08, 2011
kiki2U in Manhattan

Foodie Couple in NYC for a week

WOW! Thank you so so much...this is terrific stuff! Just what I was looking for.
Thank you, Thank you

Feb 07, 2011
kiki2U in Manhattan