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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.

Healdsburg help!

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

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?

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.

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