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Real Time Trip Report. Day 2.

Thank you, jbontario. Yes, tha Berkshire Room was very high on my list of places to go, but I have not managed to weave it in. That will give me a good reason to come back!

Sep 15, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

Real Time Trip Report. Day 2.

Day 1 report here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/989074

Day 2 standouts were Fat Rice at Fat Rice (our favorite thing we've eaten on the trip), kohlrabi salad at Girl & the Goat, and pork shank at Girl & the Goat. Service was excellent at Girl & the Goat, too. Full blow-by-blow below.

Fat Rice: charlie's peanuts (good), boiled dumplings (excellent), fat rice (outstanding), bourbon tea, Breakfast of Champions

Longman and Eagle: Bootney Farnsworth (George Dickel Rye, Campari, Gilka Kummel, Peychauds, Acid Phosphate) and Amargo Del Caribe (Aged Rum, Cynar, Tuaca, Lemon, Lime, Demerara

)

Owen & Engine: Scotch Egg (mediocre), Pimms Cup, and Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Double IPA

Al's Beef: Beef with hot peppers, wet (excellent)

Maude's Liquor Bar: Mezcal Corpse Reviver (del maguey vida mezcal, lillet, lemon, absinthe)

Girl and the Goat: kohlrabi salad (outstanding), escargot ravioli (good), pork shank (excellent), miso butterscotch budino (good), The Unknowing (Bombay Dry, George Dickel Rye, F.E.W. Malort, CH Amaro, Lillet), Bodegas Bordon Tempranillo, G&TG Petit Verdot Blend, Negroni

Sep 15, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

Real Time Trip Report. Day 1.

Wow, that sounds awesome. Should we do that instead of G&TG?

Sep 14, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

Real Time Trip Report. Day 1.

We are one day in to our three days in Chicago, and had a great first day. So far standouts have been the burger at Au Cheval, branzino at Nico, and ricotta bombolino at Nico. Today, we hope to hit Fat Rice and Girl & the Goat, among possibly others. Full blow-by-blow below.

Au Cheval: Burger (outstanding), Fried Bolonga sandwich (excellent), fries (good), Strange Brew (martin miller’s gin, pineapple, lemon, ipa) and Vieux Bonal (rittenhouse rye, hardy vs cognac, bonal gentiane)

Green Street Meats: Black Gold (mexican fernet and carpano antica)

Hopleaf: Firestone Walker Pivo

Jerry's Sandwiches: Half Acre Daisy Cutter

Nico: Longtooth Grouper Crudo (excellent), Wild King Salmon Belly Crudo (good), Grilled Octopus Fettunta (good), Goat Cheese Caramelle (excellent), Salt Crusted Branzino (outstanding), Eggplant Involtini (good), Nico Torte (outstanding), Ricotta Bomboloni (outstanding), Fumoso (famous grouse blended scotch, amaro zucca, ancho reyes with muddled lemon, mint and smoky lapsang souchong essenc), Venus in Furs (aperol peloton de la muerte mezcal, velvet falernum and lime juice, shaken with a touch of campari and served on the rocks), Cortese Massone Gavi

Sep 14, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

OK, Ready for Feedback: My Heavily Researched Chicago Itinerary

Thanks for the great feedack, GW. Yes, snagged a Girl & the Goat reservation, but will look into moving the lunches around. Not sure yet about plans between meals. Life is just something to do between meals, right?

Sep 04, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

OK, Ready for Feedback: My Heavily Researched Chicago Itinerary

I will be in Chicago next weekend to celebrate a special occasion, and plan a food tour of Chicago. I have read and read and read, and finally have a tentative plan. Note that there are several wonderful restaurants I've ruled out simply because I've been before (e.g. Publican, Purple Pig, Avec). My current plan is below. I welcome input.

DAY 1

Lunch: Frontera Grill or Urban Belly

Dinner: Nico

DAY 2

Lunch: Au Cheval

Dinner: Girl & the Goat

DAY 3

Lunch: (may have to work)

Dinner; Dusek's

Sep 04, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

Food Trip Help: Dusek's or Longman and Eagle for Brunch?

I am gradually piecing together a food itinerary for a 40th birthday trip to Chicago in several weeks. Both Dusek's and Longman & Eagle look outstanding to me, and I am even considering going to both, despite their overlap. But, if I did need to choose one or the other, which should it be? Thanks!

Aug 31, 2014
John Galt in Chicago Area

Help with Another Visit to Toronto?

Thank you. Good advice. But tonight can't be a huge splurge. I really liked the places like Bar Isabel and The Black Hoof and Richmond Station. Considering Daisho, Bestellen, Rose & Sons, and Edulis.

Help with Another Visit to Toronto?

Hopgood had been high on my list but I am never here when it is open.

Help with Another Visit to Toronto?

Thanks. If you click to my summary of my three prior business trips to Toronto, you'll see that The Grove's parsley root soup was the best thing I ate in all of my time in Toronto. Sounds like our tastes align. What else shouldn't I miss?

Help with Another Visit to Toronto?

Thanks for all the great responses. Hmm, still deciding. Maybe Momofuku Daisho. Although, Monk Kitchen looks interesting, too.

Help with Another Visit to Toronto?

A few months ago, I had some great food during a few Toronto business trips. I'll be back this week for a night, and need another stellar restaurant. Below is a link to a summary of my eats in Toronto, but in short, I really enjoyed: Bar Isabel, Black Hoof, 416 Snack Bar, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Grand Electric, Chanticler, Richmond Station, Mama's Dumplings, and Dumpling House.

Okay, but less wow-worthy were Guu, Splendido, Beast, and Buca.

This trip, I am considering Bent, Momofuku Daisho, Khao Sarn Road, and Rock Lobster. What say you all?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/898852

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

OK. Let me know if you or Parigi change your mind.

May 28, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

I gather the experience is enhanced by your presence as well. You in?

May 28, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

I have a reservation for one at 1 pm this Friday at CAJ. I am told that my meal will be even better if joined by Parigi. If that time is convenient for you, that would be great, and I will change the party size in my reservation. Happy to sort out by email. Cheers.

May 28, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

Sounds like a yes to me. 1 pm Friday?

May 27, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

You up for lunch Friday at CAJ? Sources indicate that's the way to eat there.

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

Ok, Parigi. Friday lunch at CAJ?

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

Thanks. Just the feedback I need.

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

Yes, close to impossible is just how it feels.

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

Who is the Big Guy?

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

I wish there were something exactly I wanted to know. I suppose I am plagued by indecision, so was passing the buck! Chez L'Amis Jean seems to be in the lead.

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

That's exactly the type of input I seek. I want to avoid anything that food-lovers would consider a weak link. I appreciate it.

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Trying to Choose Just One Paris Bistrot Lunch

For my upcoming food and drink tour of Paris, I plan to focus almost exclusively on places I can pop in and out of - bakeries, cheese shops, wine bars, charcuterie shops, etc. But, I'd like to dine at one real sit-down restaurant -- likely for lunch. I've researched this board, and am considering Chez L'Amis Jean, Bistrot Paul Bert, La Régalade Saint-Honoré, and Chez Michel. Thoughts?

May 26, 2013
John Galt in France

Tour of Paris Must-eats (work in progress)

Thank you, bcc, for the excellent input. Great point. Usually I am mindful of this, but the reminder never hurts. Any standouts you'd suggest including?

May 21, 2013
John Galt in France

Tour of Paris Must-eats (work in progress)

These are all excellent suggestions. I was leaning towards omitting some neighborhoods for reasons similar to those raised here. And, this confirms that I will do so. Also, the itineraries you've proposed PBSF look great. Finally, I'll make a point of being at a good boulangerie like Kayser early for a croissant.

May 21, 2013
John Galt in France

Tour of Paris Must-eats (work in progress)

Doing as much research as I can, and certainly don't want to gravitate around a limited number of places if better food is elsewhere. I'll be there three nights. Lots of food to fit into a short time. All ears.

May 20, 2013
John Galt in France

Tour of Paris Must-eats (work in progress)

Not sure what you mean by "selection of choices" vs. "inventory of what's best". Perhaps the problem is that it's a work in progress and not a very good one! It's a synthesis of the research I've done thus far with the aim of doing the best job as possible as finding the best tastes during our trip to Paris.

At the end of our visit, I hope to create report back with a list of everything we tasted. I want that list to include as many of Paris' best tastes as possible, without having to go to many (or any) sit-down restaurants. If you have any additional guidance, it is very much encouraged. Thanks.

May 20, 2013
John Galt in France

Tour of Paris Must-eats (work in progress)

Thanks for the feedback. Yes, aware they are shops. And, we will either finds places to stop and enjoy, or eat on the fly.

None of the subjective words are mine -- just a synthesis of other reports. Useful to have your additional feedback, though.

Thanks!

May 19, 2013
John Galt in France

Tour of Paris Must-eats (work in progress)

For an upcoming Paris visit (my first real visit for food and drink), I am working on a list of must-east around town. We plan to walk around town and eat and drink. To maximize sampling, we are focusing on smaller items that eat's easy to pop in somewhere for: cheese, charcuterie, chocolate, baked goods, etc. Also, for evenings, we are thinking of wine bars with good food, again so we can hit more than one in a night. I've been researching this site and others. And, while the list remains incomplete, it is far enough along so begin soliciting input. Thanks in advance for your help. What is missing? What needs to go? Also, if I were to add one affordable sit-down restaurant, what should it be? L'Ami Jean?

1st

Julien – Croissant, Baguette
Address: 75 rue St. Honoré, 75001
Nearest transport: Les Halles (4) or Louvre-Rivoli (1)
Hours: Closed Sunday
Telephone: 01 42 36 24 83

Verjus Wine Bar with great food
47 rue de Montpensier, 75001
Hours: Lunch Tuesday-Friday 12:30-2:30pm; Dinner Monday-Friday, 6pm-11pm; closed Saturday and Sunday

Le Rubis – Wine bar with good food
10 rue Marché Saint Honoré

Jean Paul Hevin –Hot Chocolate - Chocolate
Address: 231 rue St. Honoré, 75001
Nearest transport: Tuileries (1)
Hours: Shop Monday-Saturday 10am-7:30pm; Chocolate Bar Monday-Saturday 12pm-7pm; Closed Sunday

2nd

Frenchie Wine Bar (Bar a Vins)
6 rue du Nil, 75002
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7p.m.-10:30p.m. – arrive early to get a seat

Gyoza Bar – Japanese dumpling bar
Address: 56 Passage des Panoramas, 75002
Nearest transport: Grands Boulevards (8, 9)
Hours: Dinner, Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday

3rd

134 RDT – Best croissant?
Address: 134 rue de Turenne, 75003
Nearest transport: République (5, 8, 9, 11)
Hours: Closed Sunday
Telephone: 01 42 78 04 72

Genin – #1 Chocolate, Mille Feuille
133, rue de Turenne
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm; Closed Monday

Gerard Mulot - renowned fruit tarts
Address: 76 rue de Seine, 75006
Hours: Monday-Sunday 6:45am-8:00pm; Closed Wednesday

Breizh Café – crepes
Address: 109 rue Vielle du Temple
Hours: Close Monday and Tuesday

4th

Berthillon – ice cream
Address: 31 rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile, 75004
Hours: Closed Monday, Closed Tuesday

Pozetto – best gelato?
Address: 39 rue Roi de Sicile, 75004
Nearest transport: St. Paul (1)
Hours: Open every day
Telephone: 01 42 77 08 64

5th

Les Papilles – deli, wine bar, set price restaurant, very informal
Address: 30 rue Gay Lussac, 75005
Nearest transport: Luxembourg (RER B)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday

Laurent – Cheese
47 boulevard Saint-Germain

Raimo – classic French ice cream
Address: 65 boulevard Saint Germain, 75005
Nearest transport: Cluny – La Sorbonne (10)

Eric Kayser – Best Baguette?
Address: 14 rue Monge, 75005
Nearest transport: Maubert-Mutualité (10)
Hours: Closed Monday
Telephone: 01 44 07 17 81

Boulangerie L’Essentiel Mouffetard - Croissant
2 Rue Mouffetard, 75005

6th

Patrick Roger – Chocolate – get the bars!
Address: 108 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Every day 10:30am-7:30pm

Verot – Chacruterie shop
3 rue Notre Dame des Champs,

Pierre Herme – maracons; Ispahan macaron
Address: 72 rue Bonaparte, 75006)
Hours: Open every day 10am-7pm

Poilane – bakery famous for sourdough rounds Pain Poilane, and apple tartlets
Address: 49 boulevard de Grenelle, 75015
Hours: Closed Sunday

Grom – Italy gelato in Paris
Address: 81 rue de Seine, 75006
Hours: Open every day
Da Rosa
62 rue de Sein
Eric Kayser
Address: 10 rue de l’Ancienne Comedie, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Closed Sunday

Barthelemy – cheese; 30-month Ossau-Iraty
Address: 51 rue de Grenelle, 75007
Nearest transport: rue du Bac (12)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday

L’atlas hamadi

Fromagerie Quatrehomme
62 rue Sévres, 7th arrondisement (00 33 1 47 34 33 45)
Michel Chaudun - chocolate
Address: 149 rue de l’Université, 75007
Nearest transport: Invalides (8, 13, RER C)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30-7:30

10th

La Tête dans les Olives - olive oils, gourmet items, six seats for lunch reservations required
2 rue St. Marthe, 75010

Urfa Durum – kebab in flat bread, to go
Address: 56 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
Nearest transport: Château d’Eau (4)
Hours: Open every day

Du Pain et des Idees – pain de amis, Bayonne-Reblochon-figue
Address: 34 rue Yves Toudic, 75010
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:45am-8pm; Closed Saturday, Closed Sunday

11th

Bones- charcuterie restaurant
43 rue Godefroy Caviagnac

Le Dauphin – wine bar of chef Inaki Aizpitarte, small plates haute cuisine
Address: 131 avenue Parmentier
Nearest transport: Goncourt (11)
Hours: Dinner, Tuesday-Saturday; lunch, Tuesday-Friday; Closed Sunday and Monday

Bisto Paul Bert –
18 rue Paul Bert, 75011
Nearest transport: Faidherbe-Chaligny (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday

L Entree des Artistes - cocktails
Address: 8 rue de Crussol, 75011
Nearest transport: Oberkampf (5, 9)
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 7pm-2am; closed Sunday
Reservations: Reservations not necessary

Septime Cave
Address: 3 rue Basfroi, 75011
Nearest transport: Charonne (9) or Ledru Rollin (8)
Hours: 10am-10pm Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday

12th

Ble Sucre madeleines, millefeuille, caramel ice cream,
Address: 7 rue Antoine Vollon, 75012
Hours: Close Monday

14th

Le Severo – steak, tartare, charcuterie
Address: 8 rue des Plantes, 75014
Nearest transport: Mouton Duvernet or Alesia (4)
Hours: Closed Saturday, Sunday

15th

Des Gâteaux & du Pain – Bakery
63 bd Pasteur
Croissant. Pain au chocolat (chowhound). Specialities include the chocolate hazelnut cake, the chorizo loaf, and the religieuse au caramel, a caramel cream-filled puff made with choux pastry and covered with a sugary yellow glaze.
Hours: Wednesday-Monday 8am-8pm; Closed Tuesday

Laurent - Cheese
2 Rue Lourmel,

Verot - Chacruterie
7 rue Lecourbe

18th

Coquelicot - baguettes
Address: 24 rue des Abbesses, 75018
Nearest transport: Abbesses (12)
Hours: Closed Monday

Gontran Cherrier – rye bread, sandwiches
Address: 22 rue Caulaincourt, 75018
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-8:30pm, Sunday 7:30am-7:30pm; Closed Wednesday

May 18, 2013
John Galt in France