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    Post #1 - January 31st, 2009, 9:50 am
    Post #1 - January 31st, 2009, 9:50 am Post #1 - January 31st, 2009, 9:50 am
    Kennyz in this thread brought up the heavyweight championship one-two punch of dinner at Sunshine Cafe and dessert from Natalina just across the street and to the south.

    This brings up the thought of other good "one-two punches" around the Chicagoland area. What else comes to mind. Not "progressive dining" where you can eat a one dish here and another dish there, but I'm thinking more about combining two separate experiences to create a whole dining experience. Dinner one place, dessert at another. Drinks and snacks at one place, dinner at another.

    The immediate thought that comes to my mind is to start with a drink at The Violet Hour and then have a relaxed dinner at (byo) Mado.

    Others?
  • Post #2 - January 31st, 2009, 10:13 am
    Post #2 - January 31st, 2009, 10:13 am Post #2 - January 31st, 2009, 10:13 am
    Salaam/Nazareth sweets comes mind immediately.
    "By the fig, the olive..." Surat Al-Teen, Mecca 95:1"
  • Post #3 - January 31st, 2009, 10:17 am
    Post #3 - January 31st, 2009, 10:17 am Post #3 - January 31st, 2009, 10:17 am
    Habibi wrote:Salaam/Nazareth sweets comes mind immediately.


    Excellent choice. I'm surprised I didn't think of that, since I frequently (at least once a month) make that pick-up. Kefta and shwarema from Salam. Semolina cakes and pistachio "nests" from Nazareth. Also, I've started telling Salam to keep their salads and I pick up a fattoush from Semiramis.

    Best,
    Michael
  • Post #4 - January 31st, 2009, 10:25 am
    Post #4 - January 31st, 2009, 10:25 am Post #4 - January 31st, 2009, 10:25 am
    One l always loved, which is currently n/a: :(

    Nuevo Leon and Bombon Bakery on 18th St

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #5 - January 31st, 2009, 10:43 am
    Post #5 - January 31st, 2009, 10:43 am Post #5 - January 31st, 2009, 10:43 am
    Zacatacos for char grilled skirt steak tacos with (hopefully on that day) flamin salsa verde and nicely hot salsa de chile arbol, and then cooling off with offerings at Flamingos Paleteria
    on Cermak in west burb Berwyn.

    recent outing

    Khan and King Sweets. (Or one of a number of Devon combinations that I am actually trying to do later today) Hyderbaad House/Tahoora etc.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #6 - January 31st, 2009, 10:44 am
    Post #6 - January 31st, 2009, 10:44 am Post #6 - January 31st, 2009, 10:44 am
    my family is partial to elephant thai on devon in edgebrook, followed by ice cream at the chocolate shoppe across the street.
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  • Post #7 - January 31st, 2009, 10:50 am
    Post #7 - January 31st, 2009, 10:50 am Post #7 - January 31st, 2009, 10:50 am
    Great thread idea.

    I've done each of the combos below quite recently, with great satisfaction.

    Healthy, delicious, alcohol-free meal at brightly-lit Vella Cafe followed by excellent tap beers at the dark, almost cavernous Map Room.

    Thai food at Spoon followed by coffee and dessert at the new Julius Meinl on Lincoln.

    Huarache at el Gallo Toño followed by Turkish coffee at Beograd.

    Champagne and light appetizers at trendy Pops followed by gyros melt and budweiser at CND Gyros.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

    Fuckerberg on Food
  • Post #8 - January 31st, 2009, 10:55 am
    Post #8 - January 31st, 2009, 10:55 am Post #8 - January 31st, 2009, 10:55 am
    Load up on rib tips at Honey 1 or birria at Birria Estilo Jalisco and then explore the beer selection at Quenchers, just to the north.

    Best,
    Michael
  • Post #9 - January 31st, 2009, 11:22 am
    Post #9 - January 31st, 2009, 11:22 am Post #9 - January 31st, 2009, 11:22 am
    I'll say it again: Al's/Fontano's braced by Mario's
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #10 - January 31st, 2009, 11:36 am
    Post #10 - January 31st, 2009, 11:36 am Post #10 - January 31st, 2009, 11:36 am
    The Brown Sack/Weegee's 1-2 has been covered:
    viewtopic.php?f=32&t=16177&hilit=weegees

    I've also done 1-2 of Friday fish fry at the North Riverside VFW hall and crossed the street for cocktails at Chef Shangri-La (I have a real soft spot for VFW hall fish fries). The chef at North Riverside has a deft hand w/the fryer and I like the fish/shrimp combo. I've been there a few times, and am tempted to bring my own lemon slices, since they only have bottled lemon juice. They also have specials like beef 'n' noodles, but they're always sold out before I get there. There's also table of homebaked treats. Sitting at the bar at Chef Shangri-La is fun, although mixing vodka and rum with the beer and "house wine" from the VFW is probably not a good idea. It can get kind of crowded later in the evening, and the air hangs heavy with Axe cologne, glitter makeup, and desparation. Awesome people watching!

    Veterans Memorial VFW Post #6869
    2622 Des plaines Ave
    North Riverside, IL 60546
    708 447-4005‎

    Chef Shangri La
    7930 West 26th Street
    North Riverside, IL 60546
    708 442-7080

    grace


    Disclosure: I rent the Brown Sack's kitchen during pig rig season, and they occasionally sell my pulled pork and chili. But I did the 1-2 before that relationship started.
  • Post #11 - January 31st, 2009, 11:37 am
    Post #11 - January 31st, 2009, 11:37 am Post #11 - January 31st, 2009, 11:37 am
    Our 1-2 punch from last night:

    Dinner at Laschet's, followed by (more) beers at Resi's and/or the Globe Pub
    Writing about craft beer at GuysDrinkingBeer.com
    "You don't realize it, but we're at dinner right now." ~Ebert
  • Post #12 - January 31st, 2009, 11:50 am
    Post #12 - January 31st, 2009, 11:50 am Post #12 - January 31st, 2009, 11:50 am
    Mado -> Violet Hour is better than the other way around. It worked for me on my first date with my sweetie.
    Not a glutton, a patron of the culinary arts.
  • Post #13 - January 31st, 2009, 11:50 am
    Post #13 - January 31st, 2009, 11:50 am Post #13 - January 31st, 2009, 11:50 am
    What, no Gene and Jude's/Hala Kahiki?
  • Post #14 - January 31st, 2009, 12:34 pm
    Post #14 - January 31st, 2009, 12:34 pm Post #14 - January 31st, 2009, 12:34 pm
    LSC followed by St. Ann's Bakery for a sesame ball.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #15 - January 31st, 2009, 1:12 pm
    Post #15 - January 31st, 2009, 1:12 pm Post #15 - January 31st, 2009, 1:12 pm
    PigEars wrote:Mado -> Violet Hour is better than the other way around. It worked for me on my first date with my sweetie.
    Agreed, a great combo. However, given the possibility of long waits in cold weather at Violet Hour, I'd say stopping there first is the safer bet.

    Ronna
  • Post #16 - January 31st, 2009, 1:21 pm
    Post #16 - January 31st, 2009, 1:21 pm Post #16 - January 31st, 2009, 1:21 pm
    Honey 1, Margie's.
  • Post #17 - January 31st, 2009, 1:22 pm
    Post #17 - January 31st, 2009, 1:22 pm Post #17 - January 31st, 2009, 1:22 pm
    I'll see your Honey One -> Margie's,

    and raise you a Glenn's Diner -> Margie's on Montrose.
    Writing about craft beer at GuysDrinkingBeer.com
    "You don't realize it, but we're at dinner right now." ~Ebert
  • Post #18 - January 31st, 2009, 1:25 pm
    Post #18 - January 31st, 2009, 1:25 pm Post #18 - January 31st, 2009, 1:25 pm
    REB wrote:
    PigEars wrote:Mado -> Violet Hour is better than the other way around. It worked for me on my first date with my sweetie.
    Agreed, a great combo. However, given the possibility of long waits in cold weather at Violet Hour, I'd say stopping there first is the safer bet.


    Yes, I agree. It's much easier to manage TVH right when they open. Also, I like to get a cocktail that has a little bitter edge as an aperitif.
  • Post #19 - January 31st, 2009, 1:30 pm
    Post #19 - January 31st, 2009, 1:30 pm Post #19 - January 31st, 2009, 1:30 pm
    whiskeybent wrote:I'll see your Honey One -> Margie's,

    and raise you a Glenn's Diner -> Margie's on Montrose.

    I see both of these and raise you a Spacca Napoli/Mixteco Grill and a Margie's on Montrose :D

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #20 - January 31st, 2009, 1:35 pm
    Post #20 - January 31st, 2009, 1:35 pm Post #20 - January 31st, 2009, 1:35 pm
    And if for some reason you don't want ice cream after lunch at Glenn's Diner, might I recommend heading a block east to the First Slice Pie Cafe in the Lill Street Art Center.

    4401 N. Ravenswood
    Chicago, IL 60640
    773-506-7380
    Open: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; closed Sunday.
  • Post #21 - January 31st, 2009, 1:35 pm
    Post #21 - January 31st, 2009, 1:35 pm Post #21 - January 31st, 2009, 1:35 pm
    Elephant Thai (or Al Primo Canto)/The Chocolate Shoppe (Where the new spring decorations are now up).
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #22 - January 31st, 2009, 3:03 pm
    Post #22 - January 31st, 2009, 3:03 pm Post #22 - January 31st, 2009, 3:03 pm
    During warmer weather, if I can still put anything away after a visit to Topnotch (and for some reason did not partake in a phenomenal chocolate malt), I would finish off with a visit to Original Rainbow Cone. Although, I usually opt for only the Palmer House (walnut/cherry) ice cream and let the little one drip the multi-hued concoction all over.

    Topnotch
    2116 W. 95th St

    Original Rainbow Cone
    9233 S. Western Ave
  • Post #23 - January 31st, 2009, 3:11 pm
    Post #23 - January 31st, 2009, 3:11 pm Post #23 - January 31st, 2009, 3:11 pm
    did this one a couple of weekends ago:

    - Breakfast/snack - Snout to Tail event
    - Lunch - Bountiful chinese bbq and crab @ Sun Way BBQ
    - Dinner - Gumbo, etouffee, crawfish, and gator @ Cajun Connection

    great day start to finish.
  • Post #24 - January 31st, 2009, 3:15 pm
    Post #24 - January 31st, 2009, 3:15 pm Post #24 - January 31st, 2009, 3:15 pm
    jimswside wrote:did this one a couple of weekends ago:

    - Breakfast/snack - Snout to Tail event
    - Lunch - Bountiful chinese bbq and crab @ Sun Way BBQ
    - Dinner - Gumbo, etouffee, crawfish, and gator @ Cajun Connection

    great day start to finish.


    Nice day, but doesn't exactly meet the "one-two punch" definition.
  • Post #25 - January 31st, 2009, 11:47 pm
    Post #25 - January 31st, 2009, 11:47 pm Post #25 - January 31st, 2009, 11:47 pm
    While not a true dining out experience, standard Saturday lunch fare for this family is Bari for sandwiches and D'Amato's for sweets.

    Today, for me, it was an excellent hot Italian sausage sandwich, with just a touch of red sauce, followed by some D'Amato's cookies (I'm partial to the turtle cookies). What I can only assume were pre-Superbowl crowds at each made for a bit more of a wait at each than usual but it was worth it.

    Edited to correct typo.
    Last edited by Matt on February 1st, 2009, 7:06 am, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #26 - February 1st, 2009, 12:18 am
    Post #26 - February 1st, 2009, 12:18 am Post #26 - February 1st, 2009, 12:18 am
    The Baby Boomer Trinity:

    Russell's
    Gene's and Jude's
    Johnnie's Beef

    Wash down with Kiddieland. Repeat.


    The 600 Randolph Progressive:

    Blackbird
    Avec
    Meiji

    Suggested dessert: shake and fries at Fast Track.


    The Belgian Trixie Shuffle:

    Hot Chocolate
    Bluebird
  • Post #27 - February 1st, 2009, 8:22 am
    Post #27 - February 1st, 2009, 8:22 am Post #27 - February 1st, 2009, 8:22 am
    My andersonville takeout trifecta...bottle of wine from the under $12 table at in fine sprits on clark, dessert from natalina and finally the bacon/onion/taleggio pie from great lake. Eating at great lake would be ideal, but I always have a sleepy 18 month old in tow.
    He was night putting, Danny. Just putting at night
  • Post #28 - February 1st, 2009, 9:09 am
    Post #28 - February 1st, 2009, 9:09 am Post #28 - February 1st, 2009, 9:09 am
    pizza at coalfire followed by drinks at the matchbox.
  • Post #29 - February 1st, 2009, 10:53 am
    Post #29 - February 1st, 2009, 10:53 am Post #29 - February 1st, 2009, 10:53 am
    Matt wrote:While not a true dining out experience, standard Saturday lunch fare for this family is Bari for sandwiches and D'Amato's for sweets.

    Today, for me, it was an excellent hot Italian sausage sandwich, with just a touch of red sauce, followed by some D'Amato's cookies (I'm partial to the turtle cookies). What I can only assume were pre-Superbowl crowds at each made for a bit more of a wait at each than usual but it was worth it.

    Edited to correct typo.


    That's a favorite of mine too. Unfortunately by the time I got there yesterday they were out of the sausage, so I settled for the prosciutto. (While we were waiting someone was complaining that the pancetta had a lot of fat in it; the guys behind the counter just rolled their eyes.) Then next door for some pizza bread, cannoli, and a loaf of bread to take home.
    trpt2345
  • Post #30 - February 1st, 2009, 11:20 am
    Post #30 - February 1st, 2009, 11:20 am Post #30 - February 1st, 2009, 11:20 am
    For me, probably Sun Wah . . . usually followed by Patisserie P on Argyle.

    And then one of my favorite ideas after a nice dinner is a trip over to Hot Chocolate for Mindy Segal's wonderful desserts and some cocktails.

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