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Train stop

I love food and everything about it, but I,m taking an Amtrak to D.C. and looking for a cab ride away place to stay(moderate)and any suggestions for a foodie to eat.I mean foodie spots, the kind that you say"AH I remember that spot" Being a chef, this can be fine dining, down and dirty or anything in the middle. What I want to know is what do people that in the area say when friends come "You have to do this" and "eat some of this"I love ethnic and always have to check out a Chinatown when I go to a new town but always support the great diner, drive-in or dive.Hay who said that? I want what you locals think is good and up for some fun suggestions

Apr 21, 2011
traumachef in Washington DC & Baltimore

Thanks "nsxtasy"

I want to thank all of the Chicago foodies for answering all of my questions about eating in the Chicago area and most of all "nsxtasy". Not for just my questions but for all of the insightful and informative answers given for other posts I have read. I love Chicago food, I love the town,and found the locals to be the most helpful and friendly people in any big city I have ever been in.I can't put into words the fun I had in just a few days.I even got Sweet Lou to sign a foul ball I caught at my first Cubs game. I just can't say enough about how much fun I had being a part of one of Americas greatest places. I will be back soon and often..

Sep 14, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

Cubs game

Thanks, all good stuff and very informative.

Mar 21, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

Cubs game

Going to a Cub's day game soon and looking for something fun before and after to eat, any suggestions?

Mar 21, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

first time Chicago

I want to thank all of the posters that suggested so many great places to try for a first time Chicago eater.I especially want to thank nsxtasy because you understood my quest from the beginning. Although Avec/Gage have good menus, it's not what I'm looking for. if I lived there I would definitely go and check out but I don't see the connection to being unique to Chicago. I take food very serious and have taken the time to extrapolate everything that people have posted. I have a couple of holes to fill but appreciate everybody's imput and this will definitely make my trip a great culinary experience.. Thanks to all, traumachef

Mar 18, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

first time Chicago

Well you know that I have to do both now. Maybe I'll start at Al's and make that long trek to Portillo's afterward. This is going to be my first day's adventure and maybe a nap afterward so I have time to think about my next food adventure.I LOVE FOOD, Life is good so let's eat.

Mar 13, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

first time Chicago

OUCH. I must say that after your first post, you are my food guru and I will follow any leads you suggest.I read a couple of reviews of Avec and it did say "LOUD".but as you said you (or I) would be willing to put up with noise for a great meal and I'm used loud, I've lived in L.A, San Francisco, and NYC. But that doesn't mean I have to put up with it. A good meal comes in many forms and noise levels and all I want to do is have a good time and eat.Once again thanks for taking the time to help me plan a food trip.By the time I get there I will owe you a meal.

Mar 12, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

first time Chicago

Very eclectic menu and looks like a lot of fun. Chorizo stuffed dates? how cool, and the beer list is wild.Very reasonable prices.Looks like a must for a small plate and a cold one.Thanks peanut.

Mar 12, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

first time Chicago

Ya just can't beat wikipedia. I have a better knowledge of the history of beef sandwiches now and even more reason to try one.Thanks again

Mar 12, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

first time Chicago

Thanks for the advice, I will try Al's and Jim's. I went to menupages and printed the menus and google maps for directions.Looks like an easy destination with some great food.

Mar 12, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

first time Chicago

Once again good advice, I forgot about the long wait.I'm starting to feel like I know my way around and I haven't been there yet.And my appetite is growing. So is a beef sandwich something unique to Chicago? I was told by somebody I met that this is a must munch along with peppers.Also a south side pork chop sandwich,hmm I don't know about this one. You can tell where his taste buds are coming from, but I don't want to miss anything if its good..I'm not a fan of taking pictures when I go on a trip, but I love food so much I take pics of everything I eat because that's the memory I want to take home.

Mar 12, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

first time Chicago

I've seen hot Doug's on the food channel and although I really want to try a couple of local "Chicago dog'spots that nsxtasy suggested, I have mapped out how to get to Hot Dougs and will most likely take a taxi. Maybe I can bribe the driver into a round trip if I offer to spring for lunch.

Mar 11, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

first time Chicago

This is becoming fun. I too lean towards Szechuan but a stop in a little bite shop is always fun if done well. . And I will always travel anywhere for a food experience.

Mar 10, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

first time Chicago

WOW, I don't know where to start thank you for the greatest post ever.Alinea tasting menu looks like the meal of a lifetime, and I'm a big fan of Rick bayless and was planning to go to Frontera. You have opened up some great suggestions and I will most likely hit as many as possible starting with stocking up at Fox and Obel and than going for a couple of dogs and a slice.You must be a foodie too because you understand how perfection can come in fine dining or wrapped in a bun.You even found me something to munch (garrettpopcorn.com) as I walk around looking for my next great scarf..I also want to do a Chinatown trip and would be up for any dim sum/ noodle shop suggestions you might have, thanks again for a killer post.traumachef

Mar 10, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

first time Chicago

So foodies help me with some suggestions. Going for the first time to Chicago and I love food. Staying in the River north area but will travel anywhere for a great meal that makes Chicago special.I want to spend the whole time eating from the best Chi dog and deep dish to 5 star to pork chop hole in the walls.I LOVE FOOD.Just keep me away from what you can find everywhere else.

Mar 09, 2010
traumachef in Chicago Area

Taco crazy

Went today to Tortilleria La Rancherita in Bonita Springs 26751 Old 41 and found the food to be excellent. Ordered tacos AL Carbon and Barbocoa and both were perfect. As were the 3 home made salsas. A salsa Verde, pico de gallo, and another salsa that the owners wife makes that was very good. The owner Paul was great and the service was excellent.I will go back to this spot on a regular basis

Jan 11, 2010
traumachef in Florida

taco trucks in and around the city

Thanks, I will keep looking and will be willing to try any place if you think it's good. I will start with this, and thanks again.

Jan 11, 2010
traumachef in Outer Boroughs

Taco crazy

wow a taqueria/ taco truck/ taco bus/ How cool is that.I see a road trip in the making, thanks this sounds very interesting.

Jan 10, 2010
traumachef in Florida

Taco crazy

Val, I will find it and get back to you with the name. I am going on a taco quest tomorrow and will search old 41 for everything I can find. Thanks again for the post.

Jan 10, 2010
traumachef in Florida

Taco crazy

I will try this place tomorrow and thanks for the info.

Jan 10, 2010
traumachef in Florida

taco trucks in and around the city

Going to New York for a few days and would like some suggestions for some taco trucks and taquerias. Willing to travel to any length for a good taco. Queens ?, Brooklyn? Manhattan? So give me some ideas because I'm hungry.

Jan 10, 2010
traumachef in Outer Boroughs

Taco crazy

Has anybody been to any of the taquerias in Bonita Springs? I have been to San Juian taqueria on old 41 but hear there's some other great ones on old 41 and around the area, anybody been to any?

Jan 10, 2010
traumachef in Florida

Taco crazy

o.k now this sounds GREAT, thanks, I will be making this a road trip soon.

Jan 10, 2010
traumachef in Florida

Taco crazy

Thanks, I have started looking at past blogs and will be taking a road trip after reading "top mexican in Fla." also found some possible spots in Miami. Still looking for that hidden spot or spots in the Lee,Collier, Dade, etc, that I can do in a day, but thanks for any help, I will check it all out and post.

Jan 10, 2010
traumachef in Florida

Taco crazy

Thanks for the heads up, I had a feeling after reading the menu that Lime was not what I'm looking for.So still on my quest and waiting for some taco heads to come forward and tell me about some great spots. As I said I will travel for a good taco.

Jan 09, 2010
traumachef in Florida

Taco crazy

Lime looks a little to chain to me, I want the Pastor,carbon, barbacoa, little hole in the walls with the homemade salsas, the type of place you find south of the border. I want the real deal and I will do the road trip for something worth while.

Jan 08, 2010
traumachef in Florida

Taco crazy

You know your tacos, I have been Taco San Julian on Bayshore and also the one on old 41,but thanks for answering, any other thoughts?

Jan 08, 2010
traumachef in Florida

Taco crazy

I am on a quest to find the best taquerias and taco trucks in s.w. Florida and willing to drive to get to them. I am in Collier county but if you feel you know of a place that a person like me needs to visit, please tell me about it I love road trips, especially when food is involved. So my taco loving friends, let me hear from you.

Jan 08, 2010
traumachef in Florida

Hollywood Thaitown

Thanks for the suggestion and Jitlada it will be. Will be in town the first week of May and will make it one of my first food stops. review coming afterwards

Apr 17, 2009
traumachef in Los Angeles Area

Hollywood Thaitown

I am staying i Hollywood and looking for good Thai food. I haven't been to thaitown before and does anything stick out as being better than the others? Maybe something a little different than the norm?

Apr 17, 2009
traumachef in Los Angeles Area