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Farm-to-table in Chicago

Thanks for all the help. You've all given me plenty to look into.

Jul 19, 2008
Salchichero in Chicago Area

Farm-to-table in Chicago

Thanks for the info. By farm-to-table I mean that the restaurant is using produce and meats from known farms with a traceable source, as opposed to the industrial-commodity system that most restaurants use.

Jul 17, 2008
Salchichero in Chicago Area

Farm-to-table in Chicago

I'm coming in from San Diego at the end of the month and looking for recommendations for farm-to-table restaurants in the Chicago area. If you can, include the general degree of casualness and general price estimate (moderate, expensive, super-expensive, etc.). I'm coming from SD, so moderate out here puts entrees in the $12-20 range, just to give you a scale to work with.

Jul 17, 2008
Salchichero in Chicago Area

Farm-to-table in Cleveland or Cleveland area

I have to fly into Cleveland last minute this weekend and might be able to go out to dinner one of the nights. Any particularly good farm-to-table restaurants in town? I haven't lived in C-town for about 10 yrs and haven't visited for about 2 yrs. There used to be a place in North Royalton (!) but I can't remember the name.

Apr 09, 2008
Salchichero in General Midwest Archive

Healdsburg help!

We're looking for somewhere to have dinner in Healdsburg. Good, ingredient-driven cuisine, not necessarily white table cloth. Any suggestions?

Dec 21, 2006
Salchichero in San Francisco Bay Area

Mission Cafe--East Village/Downtown = AVOID

I've gotta disagree with both Stonedes and El Chevere. I've eaten at all the Missions, and particularly the East Village one last Tuesday. I've never had a bad experience (w/r/t either service or food quality), other than a long wait, which I believe goes with the territory. I consider the Mission restaurants more of a casual type of establishment. By that I mean that they are using superior ingredients and making a lot of stuff from scratch, so the food may take longer to arrive. When I go there, I make sure I'm not in a hurry, or I sit at the counter. If you're looking for a quicker breakfast spot, I'd recommend Marie's Cafe at University and 30th. The food is of lesser quality, but there's never a wait and it's still pretty good.

As far as not being able to be seated, even though there are tables available, this is a "typical issue". When a lot of people show up at a restaurant at the same time, sometimes it's necessary to meter out the traffic so that the kitchen doesn't get overwhelmed. There is, after all, only a finite amount of grill space. So, seating everyone and having there orders flood the kitchen only compounds the problem. I wasn't there, but in that situation it sounds like you were actually "doing him (the manager) a favor by going somewhere else". But remember, he was doing you a favor, too, by basically being honest and saying, "Yes, I could seat you right away, but then your food would take a very long time to come out, so you might want to go somewhere else and give us a try another day". Myself, I would appreciate the candor.

Nov 04, 2006
Salchichero in California

Great food in Cleveland

I'm a Cleveland ex-pat returning to the place of my birth for Thanksgiving. Any exciting restaurants that I need to know about? Think sustainable, local, ingredient-driven, neighborhood, not tremendously pricey. I know, I know. I'm dreaming, right?

Oct 19, 2006
Salchichero in General Midwest Archive

Foodie traveling to Columbus, OH; Looks for recommendations

Definitely agree with Alana's. She's a talented chef. Moretti's out on Sawmill is good post-war Italian food. It's heavy, but the pastas are homemade and the sauces are tremendous.

Sep 04, 2006
Salchichero in General Midwest Archive

Best Bloody Mary's in San Diego

As someone in the industry, I keep late hours and usually eat my breakfast close to noon. I'm looking for the places with the best Bloody Mary's in town (or in county). Some criteria would be: spiciness, homemade mix, garnishes, coldness of ice (I hate when it melts before I'm finished), seasoning/salt on the rim, etc. I'll start by saying that, other than the plastic cup, Bear Mountain Resorts (the ski/snowboard place) do an absolutely mean Bloody. If it were in a glass, it'd be unbeatable.

Sep 04, 2006
Salchichero in California