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Wild Rice and Edamame Salad

I've been making this all summer. It's been a huge hit. I have made two changes -
- Use a blend of white, brown, red and wild rice - adds more color and it's lighter than all wild rice
- Make a little extra dressing - sometimes the salad absorbs more than other times

Jul 11, 2011
mmilanam in Recipes

Best Old School Beer Garden?

A couple of places come to mind:
- John Barleycorn (Lincoln Park) - I know it's packed with the young 20-something crown on the weekends, but it has a really nice outdoor space and is not that crowded post-work and during the day on the weekend.
- Uberstein (Wrigleyville) - Also packed on the Cubs game days, but they definitely have pretzels and an outdoor space.

May 26, 2011
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Casual Seafood in NW DC this weekend

Perfect, thank you!

Casual Seafood in NW DC this weekend


I used to live in the area and I'm coming back into town for a long weekend and basketball game. We're staying in the Georgetown area. I have reservations for french bistro one night and brunch at Cylde's another day.

I'm looking for a couple, relatively casual, seafood recommendations. Any ideas?

Thank you!!!

Eating in Lakeview Neighborhood

I have had some nice dinner at Socca (on Clark @ Aldine). Yoshi's is also a favorite of mine (on Halsted @Aldine). Both are in the heart of the city and you should be able to have a conversation just fine. (My parents like both and they don't do well when the tables are stacked right next to each other and people are loud.)
Also, further west in Lakeview, Fiorentino's is good Italian. It gets mixed reviews, but I've loved everything I get. It's on Ashland @George

Dec 21, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

High End Chicago Market?

Fox and Obel is good. The last time I was there they have free parking if you spend $20 or more.
Another option is a very good Italian small market in the South Loop - called Pazozzo's Italian Market
If you're looking for a upscale butcher, try Paulina (Lakeview) or Gepperth's Market (Lincoln Park)
For seafood, I think your best bet is to go to the meat packing area and buy direct, I like Isaacson & Stein on Fulton.

Dec 21, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Looking for good restaurant for son's 16th BDay

How about Tavern on Rush? The food is good, not awesome, but the people watching is. You'll be in the heart of the Gold Coast and will be able to easily walk around from there.

If not there, Harry Carry's does a good steak (dry aged the last time I checked) and you should be able to be within your price range. (Another option that would enable you to walk around downtown after dinner.)

If you're looking for something more local/off the beaten path - Chicago Firehouse was excellent the last time I was there. It's more formal, but not too expensive for steak. It's in the South Loop and is old school Chicago.

Tavern on Rush
1031 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL 60611

The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
1401 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Gold Coast Cafe
1112 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

Dec 08, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

What's the best restaurant in Old Town?

Another option is Marge's Still on Sedwick at Menomonee. It's a bar, but I think they have very good food and a nice pub/old school wooden feel.

Marge's Still
1758 N Sedgwick St, Chicago, IL 60614

Dec 08, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Local place to buy chocolate mint candy?

Give Michael a call at Canady Le Chocolatier. They have locations in the South Loop and the French Market. He might have them or be willing to make them.

French Market Cafe
1973 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60643

Dec 08, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

favorite byob places

I'm not familiar with the suburbs, but these are my favorites in the northside. (Trying to keep it closer to you):
- Duck Walk - on Belmont in Lakeview; Thai; casual and small, but good
- Mixteco - Mexican, mole sauce is the best I've ever had
- Caro Mio - wonderful Italian in Ravenswood area
- Mytho's Tavern - on Montrose, not really sure what the neighborhood is called, get the Pastichio
- Addesso - on Broadway in Lakeview, Italian, also good for brunch

Duck Walk
919 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Dec 08, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Easter brunch suggestions in chicago

I have two favorites:
- The Signature Room in the John Hancock building. It's a nice mix of dressy and kid friendly. (i.e. People are dressed up but it's buffet and, if I remember correctly, there is someone dressed up as an Easter bunny giving out eggs to the kids)
- Yoshi's Cafe - sit down, order your own meal, but it's good and more than just your standard brunch

Mar 25, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Spicy ice cream in Chicago?

Check out Windy City. It's not close to you - it's in Lakeview - but their icecream is good and they experiment with their flavors. Give them a call in advance and see if they have anything that fits the bill.

Mar 25, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area


Check out Quartino's. Of the italian restuarants that can accomodate large groups, I like it the best. They make some of their own pasta, make their own lemoncello, and have $20 bottle of wine specials (also sell by the liter).

Mar 10, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Looking for a great cupcake place in Chicago!

Molly's is great. I like how you can mix and match your own cupcake flavor and icing. (Not everyone wants cream cheese frosting on a red velvet cupcake!) There is seating, which is nice too.
Sweet Mandy B's is one of the original cupcake places in Chicago.
Twisted Sister Bakery in Old Town is also great.

Feb 23, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Relocating to Chicago, foodie seeks real estate advice!

I think each person will vote for their own neighborhood, but I'd recommend Lakeview; somewhere between Roscoe and Diversey and east of Halsted. Lots of buses in the area and the Belmont stop of the El is relatively close.

It's right on the lakefront and will keep you busy food-wise for a while. There are two boutique wine stores (Gourmet Grape and Kafke) and lots of BYOBs. You will also have a lot of ethnic food options ranging from sushi, Indian, Thai, Italian, Mexican and Turkish.

House of Fine Chocolates is one of my favorite bakeries in the city. The Bagel is a Jewish deli with great bagels next door to the bakery.

There is a little farmers' market in the Nettlehorst school playground during the summer.

I'll let you explore the dive pubs (there are a ton), but I recommend Wilde for a gastro pub.

The challenge is the non-chain coffee shop...but 6 out of 7 within walking distance isn't bad!

Jan 12, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area



Has anyone been to Sprout yet? It's the new bistro on Fullerton. Dale Levitski from Top Chef is one of the chefs.

I'd love to hear a review if anyone has been yet.


Jan 12, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Best Happy Hour?

I recently went to the bar in the Felix hotel. They had a special that if you sit at the bar and order a drink , you can order one of four food options for $5. It was REALLY good and nice surpise for a relatively posh location. The food was a good portion and my options included BBQ pizza, pork tacos (pulled pork topped with cheese in a metal pot/dish and served with homemade tortillas) and a grilled chicken sandwich.

Jan 12, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Chicago Restaurant Week - February 19-28, 2010

I'm looking at the Merlo on Maple and Chicago Firehouse menus. They look great! Any other menus stand out to anyone?

Jan 12, 2010
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Chocolate-covered Potato Chips?

Canady Le Chocolatier makes them. They're in the south loop; 824 S Wabash.

Dec 18, 2009
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Lakeview suggestions?

- Bittersweet
- House of Fine Chocolate
- The Bagel - not a bakery...but great bagel and a fun stop

There really aren't any expensive ones in the area, but there is a new Whole Foods on Halsted south of Addison and a Treasure Island on Broadway north of Addison

General Inexpensive options:
- Ann Sathers - Swedish, classic Chicago venue, amazing cinnamon rolls
- Thai Classic or Joy's - BYOB thai spots
- Mama Desta's Red Sea - BYOB Ethiopian restaurant
- Wally & Agador's - fancy sandwichs (approx $9), but really good

Hope this helps!

Aug 11, 2009
mmilanam in Chicago Area

French Onion Soup - Chicago

How about Bistro Margot in Old Town or Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park? Both very good.

Aug 06, 2009
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Have lots of wine...need new BYOB ideas...

I don't know of any in Old Town, but here are some favorites of mine:
Thai Classic on Clark, near Buckingham is great Thai food.
Toro Sushi on Clark, near Wrightwood is my favorite casual sushi.
Tango Sur on Southport, north of Addison is South American/steaks.
Think is a wonderful option but isn't close to the El.
Izumi Sushi is another option (BYO Wine only, they sell beer and saki)
Terragusto is very good Italian and they now have two locations close to the El.

Jul 15, 2009
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Soho - Lunch

Wonderful, thanks!

May 28, 2009
mmilanam in Manhattan

Soho - Lunch


Former Manhattan Chowhounder, going to be back in town next weekend and I took Friday off from work to shop/hangout with a couple friends. I'd like to have lunch somewhere in Soho. Are there any new/fun places with outdoor seating? (New, as in the last 12 months) I'd like to be in the West Broadway area. We're open to different types of food and would like a leasurely lunch with a nice bottle of wine.


- Megan

May 22, 2009
mmilanam in Manhattan

Comments on Kuma's Corner

I've been there a few times and I've sent many friends there. I love it and have never heard a bad review. Ther burgers are great (my recommendation is the one topped with bacon and pulled pork) and the mac and cheese is a must order. I've heard that the non-burger items on the menu are also very good, but I've never strayed.

May 19, 2009
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Outdoor Private Party Venue Suggestions

For a more casual outdoor venue, I recommend checking out Zella in Lincoln Park. They have a large outdoor place and I know they do private parties.

May 19, 2009
mmilanam in Chicago Area

One Turkish meal in Chicago - which should I choose?

I haven't been, but I've heard great things about Cafe Orchid. It's also BYOB.

Apr 21, 2009
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Chicago Happy Hour!!!

I recommend going to Sidebar. The food is ok, but the specials are well priced:

Apr 09, 2009
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Non-Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner

Thanks everyone!

Jan 30, 2009
mmilanam in Chicago Area

Non-Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner

Hello All,

My girl friends have all broken up with their boyfriends in the last two weeks. (It's been interesting) They're looking to me to find a fun/good food/non-romantic place for dinner. I'm at a loss. Does anyone have any suggestions?

I'd like to the following:
- Lincoln Park, Old Town, River North, Bucktown/Wicker Park location
- Full bar (cocktails will be a must)
- Not a romantic decor
- I'd like to avoid a pre-fix menu, if possible
- Great food - It doesn't have to be fancy, but I'd like the pasta be homemade if we're going Italian, the steak to be dry aged if we're going steak, etc


- Megan

Jan 27, 2009
mmilanam in Chicago Area