LTH Home

Best Thing You've Eaten [Lately]

Best Thing You've Eaten [Lately]
  • Forum HomePost Reply BackTop
     Page 1 of 80
  • Best Thing You've Eaten [Lately]

    Post #1 - May 4th, 2006, 7:49 am
    Post #1 - May 4th, 2006, 7:49 am Post #1 - May 4th, 2006, 7:49 am
    LTH,

    Not the best thing you've eaten in your life, or even in the past ten years, but lately, as in the last month or two. Me, it's chickpea gnocchi with venison ragu and nicoise olives, a recent special at Avec. Lightly scented with rosemary, meltingly tender venison, gnocchi that were concurrently feathery light and chewy, poetry on a plate.

    Enjoy,
    Gary

    Avec
    615 W Randolph
    Chicago, IL 60606
    312-377-2002
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #2 - May 4th, 2006, 8:30 am
    Post #2 - May 4th, 2006, 8:30 am Post #2 - May 4th, 2006, 8:30 am
    Strawberries and Cream at Vie in Western Springs.

    I have been braying about the "tyranny of the fresh", and then exhibit A fell into my dish. Vie puts ultra perfect farmer's market berries into a can, expertly preserved, and then when the rest of the area is suffering from potato-berries, serves them. The intensity of flavor proves a properly preserved product more than holds its own against fresh.

    The ice cream: made from local Oak Grove dairy cream. The pastry chef at Vie told me how expensive the Oak Grove cream was, $40 was the number, I forgot for how much. He had to use it sparingly. I am very glad I found the dish he used it.

    Edit to correct the name of the dairy. Oak Grove milk, BTW, can be found at Fox and Obel.
    Last edited by Vital Information on May 4th, 2006, 8:33 am, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #3 - May 4th, 2006, 8:30 am
    Post #3 - May 4th, 2006, 8:30 am Post #3 - May 4th, 2006, 8:30 am
    Moving one door down from Avec, the seared venison loin with date molasses, toasted barley, spinach, mushrooms and water chestnuts at Blackbird. This was a tough choice given the amazing dessert I had at Blackbird -- warm pineapple carpaccio, coconut cream cheese ice cream and macadamia nut brittle . . . sorry if mentioning two items constitutes cheating :wink:
  • Post #4 - May 4th, 2006, 8:44 am
    Post #4 - May 4th, 2006, 8:44 am Post #4 - May 4th, 2006, 8:44 am
    Actually, the gnocchi from avec is also the best thing I've eaten lately.
    Ed Fisher
    my chicago food photos

    RIP LTH.
  • Post #5 - May 4th, 2006, 8:53 am
    Post #5 - May 4th, 2006, 8:53 am Post #5 - May 4th, 2006, 8:53 am
    Small Italian beef with hot peppers at Al's on Taylor. I have to confess that this was my first Italian beef ever, so I really have nothing to compare it to. But it was magnificent.
  • Post #6 - May 4th, 2006, 8:55 am
    Post #6 - May 4th, 2006, 8:55 am Post #6 - May 4th, 2006, 8:55 am
    Image

    Sturgeon sandwich at Barney Greengrass....AKA the Sturgeon King.

    Photo courtesy of Petite Pois
    Last edited by PIGMON on May 4th, 2006, 9:00 am, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #7 - May 4th, 2006, 8:55 am
    Post #7 - May 4th, 2006, 8:55 am Post #7 - May 4th, 2006, 8:55 am
    Two things:

    1) Tagliatelle bolognese at Terragusto.

    2) I never go to Hooters on my own accord, but for a recent bachelor party my presence was required. I think I mowed through a couple dozen hot wings in record time. They were fantastic, and I'm not embarassed to say so.

    My brother-in-law asked if "anyone was going to revoke my foodie membership card if they knew I was enjoying Hooters food." I replied, "If they do, I think I need to buy them a plate of these wings."

    Best,
    Michael
  • Post #8 - May 4th, 2006, 9:00 am
    Post #8 - May 4th, 2006, 9:00 am Post #8 - May 4th, 2006, 9:00 am
    Suadero at Arandas on the 47th-a-Thon, my taleggio and truffle oil pizza, also the tagliatelle bolognese at Terragusto, sparerib at Black's, and trilobite.
    Watch Sky Full of Bacon, the Chicago food HD podcast!
    New episode: Soil, Corn, Cows and Cheese
    Watch the Reader's James Beard Award-winning Key Ingredient here.
  • Post #9 - May 4th, 2006, 9:04 am
    Post #9 - May 4th, 2006, 9:04 am Post #9 - May 4th, 2006, 9:04 am
    Monday night I took the Paulina Market NY strip in my fridge, cranked up the high-power burner under the cast-iron, waited for the smoke, cooked it 3 minutes 45 seconds on the first side and 3:15 on the second, had the best steak I've had in a long time.

    And the cupcakes at M. Henry. As I noted in the Andersonville bakeries thread, I'm not a cupcake enthusiast, but... wow.
    --
    Never toss pizza dough in a kitchen with a ceiling fan.
  • Post #10 - May 4th, 2006, 9:19 am
    Post #10 - May 4th, 2006, 9:19 am Post #10 - May 4th, 2006, 9:19 am
    Best bouillabaise in a lonnnnnggg time.
    Friday, April 28, 2006. Aprx. 8:30 p.m.
    Cafe le Coq,
    734 Lake St,
    Oak Park, IL 60301 -
    (708) 848-2233
  • Post #11 - May 4th, 2006, 9:30 am
    Post #11 - May 4th, 2006, 9:30 am Post #11 - May 4th, 2006, 9:30 am
    The quail egg ravioli at Schwa. Warm, gooey decadence. Yum.
  • Post #12 - May 4th, 2006, 9:38 am
    Post #12 - May 4th, 2006, 9:38 am Post #12 - May 4th, 2006, 9:38 am
    Last night's chocolate pecan pie at Fonda del Mar. Man was that good. I rarely swoon over dessert, but the buttery crispness of the house-made crust and the nutella-like texture of the filling really did it for me. Mmm. Still taste it.
  • Post #13 - May 4th, 2006, 10:30 am
    Post #13 - May 4th, 2006, 10:30 am Post #13 - May 4th, 2006, 10:30 am
    The tuna fish "sandwich" at Number One Dumpling in Chinatown in NYC. A light mixture of tuna, cilantro, peas(!), and mayo in a freshly made xiao bing (chinese sesame bread). Comfort food at it's best, even when eaten standing up in the corner of a busy takeout joint. (Plus the company was good, too. :wink:
    Anthony Bourdain on Barack Obama: "He's from Chicago, so he knows what good food is."
  • Post #14 - May 4th, 2006, 10:46 am
    Post #14 - May 4th, 2006, 10:46 am Post #14 - May 4th, 2006, 10:46 am
    The spicy pork BBQ at Chicago Kalbi! :)
  • Post #15 - May 4th, 2006, 10:59 am
    Post #15 - May 4th, 2006, 10:59 am Post #15 - May 4th, 2006, 10:59 am
    As of ten minutes ago, fresh bread from D'Amato's #1 with a drizzle of manteca pura de Carniceria Leon. (Leon's fresh lard is essentially carnitas, hold the meat.) And a slice of the cherry bar from D'Amato's. Sweet baby Jesus, I can only eat that once in a while.

    And the ideal, anticipated stuff I have not yet had at Alinea tonight.
  • Post #16 - May 4th, 2006, 11:00 am
    Post #16 - May 4th, 2006, 11:00 am Post #16 - May 4th, 2006, 11:00 am
    It was a total spur of the moment surprise, Snow Crab legs at the Half-Shell. A friend and I were returning from watching the Cubbies stink up Wrigley, and we stopped in there "for old times sake" (neither of us had been there in over 20 years). Of course, we were both pretty lit after stopping at Jake's for some high ABV belgians, so our judgement may have been clouded. But, boy were those legs tasty, sweet and juicy and tender. The soft shell crabs were pretty darn good too. BTW, absolutely nothing had changed at the place. Talk about a time-warp.
  • Post #17 - May 4th, 2006, 11:00 am
    Post #17 - May 4th, 2006, 11:00 am Post #17 - May 4th, 2006, 11:00 am
    I've developed an affinity for the simple in the past few weeks. The "regular" chicken salad from te Treasure Island deli is a thing of beauty like your grandmother (though not mine) used to make. Big chunks of real chicken, thin cut slices of celery dressed just right in a slight mayonaisy tasting dressing.
  • Post #18 - May 4th, 2006, 11:06 am
    Post #18 - May 4th, 2006, 11:06 am Post #18 - May 4th, 2006, 11:06 am
    JeffB wrote:As of ten minutes ago, fresh bread from D'Amato's #1 with a drizzle of manteca pura de Carniceria Leon. (Leon's fresh lard is essentially carnitas, hold the meat.)

    Jeff,

    Simultaneously my mouth started watering and my heart muscles constricted. :)

    JeffB wrote:And a slice of the cherry bar from D'Amato's. Sweet baby Jesus, I can only eat that once in a while.

    And the ideal, anticipated stuff I have not yet had at Alinea tonight.

    I'm eating lunch across the street from D'Amato's, looks like a cherry bar is in my future. Looking forward to hearing about Alinea.

    Enjoy,
    Gary
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #19 - May 4th, 2006, 11:36 am
    Post #19 - May 4th, 2006, 11:36 am Post #19 - May 4th, 2006, 11:36 am
    Oh, actually, I think even better than the gnocchi (or at least really damn good) was some potato wedges we fried in chicken fat (we made stock recently) last night. Unbelievably crispy and tasty. Maybe we'll get some goose fat next time...
    Ed Fisher
    my chicago food photos

    RIP LTH.
  • Post #20 - May 4th, 2006, 12:06 pm
    Post #20 - May 4th, 2006, 12:06 pm Post #20 - May 4th, 2006, 12:06 pm
    Well, it's a little more than two months ago but, as far as things eaten out in a restaurant...

    Image

    A green chile burger at Bobcat Bite, Santa Fe, N.M.

    Antonius
    Alle Nerven exzitiert von dem gewürzten Wein -- Anwandlung von Todesahndungen -- Doppeltgänger --
    - aus dem Tagebuch E.T.A. Hoffmanns, 6. Januar 1804.
    ________
    Na sir is na seachain an cath.
  • Post #21 - May 4th, 2006, 12:26 pm
    Post #21 - May 4th, 2006, 12:26 pm Post #21 - May 4th, 2006, 12:26 pm
    Shrimp dumplings with spicy peanut sauce, from Peking Chinese Restaurant, Parsippany, NJ.

    One of the few things that can brighten up my day while stuck out here in Jersey: large pieces of shrimp in purses, in a gingery peanut sauce. Looks gloppy, tastes great.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #22 - May 4th, 2006, 12:53 pm
    Post #22 - May 4th, 2006, 12:53 pm Post #22 - May 4th, 2006, 12:53 pm
    Hmm, well, since Gary posted the initial query in “Eating Out…” I will take a narrow view and not consider dishes like this, cooked by Antonius at home:

    Image

    http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7617

    And since the thread is furthermore in “…in Chicagoland” I also won’t mention anything eaten out of town, like this:

    Image
    http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=7926

    So, in Chicago restaurants, recently?

    Perhaps La Cecina’s quesadilla de requesón pictured here on the right, plus the licuado de mamey which is barely visible:

    Image
    http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=8126

    OR perhaps the selection of mezes Antonius and I had at Venus on Jackson, especially the saganaki halloumi and the octapodi sti shara. No picture, sorry – we forgot to bring the camera.
    Last edited by Amata on May 4th, 2006, 1:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #23 - May 4th, 2006, 12:59 pm
    Post #23 - May 4th, 2006, 12:59 pm Post #23 - May 4th, 2006, 12:59 pm
    NY Strip at Mas last Saturday. According to the menu "new york strip, cabrales butter, tobacco onions, chipotle mash"

    It may have been the best steak I ever had - including the big steak houses in town.
    I'm not Angry, I'm hungry.
  • Post #24 - May 4th, 2006, 1:10 pm
    Post #24 - May 4th, 2006, 1:10 pm Post #24 - May 4th, 2006, 1:10 pm
    These pork chops were the best meal I've had recently.


    [img][img]http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c400/bdcbbq/Charbroil%20Pork%20Chops/PorkChopsOnTheGrill.jpg[/img]

    Which were cooked on my "new" 30+ yr old grill

    Image

    and resulted in this delicious plated pork chop, sauteed green beans, and cucumber salad.

    Image
    Last edited by Bruce on May 4th, 2006, 5:42 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    Bruce
    Plenipotentiary
    bruce@bdbbq.com

    Raw meat should NOT have an ingredients list!!
  • Post #25 - May 4th, 2006, 1:21 pm
    Post #25 - May 4th, 2006, 1:21 pm Post #25 - May 4th, 2006, 1:21 pm
    Amata wrote:Perhaps La Cecina’s quesadilla de requesón pictured here on the right, plus the licuado de mamey which is barely visible
    That reminds me, based on Amata's description of the aforementioned licuado de mamey, I tried a mamey licuado for the first time last week at Cuetzala Gro. in Rogers Park. Wow, it blew me away. Mamey has now officially replaced Mango as my favorite licuado variety. Thanks, Amata. I guess this actually falls into "the best (non-alchoholic) thing you have drank lately" category.
  • Post #26 - May 4th, 2006, 1:35 pm
    Post #26 - May 4th, 2006, 1:35 pm Post #26 - May 4th, 2006, 1:35 pm
    Cheese Fritters delivered from Philly's Best. How to describe these? First, the crust, which is perfectly golden brown, rough textured and just the right thickness and crispiness to give a perfect "bite" before you plunge into the center. Second, the body, which comprises a light, perfect yeast donut (from what I could tell) into which is woven just the right amount of cheese -- enough to be distinctly flavorful, not so much as to dominate the texture and turn this into a gooey fried cheesestick. Third, they are drizzled in garlic butter -- just a touch, but enough to get the idea across clearly. The fritters are accompanied by tomato sauce, which is unremarkable but decently seasoned (not strictly necessary, but a good option for dipping). Six of these guys lasted about 10 minutes between me and Mrs. JiLS last night, and would be a meal in themselves. Wish I had thought to take a picture.
    JiLS
  • Post #27 - May 4th, 2006, 1:39 pm
    Post #27 - May 4th, 2006, 1:39 pm Post #27 - May 4th, 2006, 1:39 pm
    I tried a mamey licuado for the first time last week at Cuetzala Gro. in Rogers Park. Wow, it blew me away.


    Hey d4v3,

    that's great! I'm really glad you tried the mamey, and thanks for reporting back.

    Amata
  • Post #28 - May 4th, 2006, 2:41 pm
    Post #28 - May 4th, 2006, 2:41 pm Post #28 - May 4th, 2006, 2:41 pm
    Best thing lately in Chicago: papaya salad at TAC - so refreshingly light with a great heat to it as well - as well as their fermented rice sausage

    Best meal outside of Chicago: tamales and cow heart kabobs from street vendors in Cusco for .50 soles (about 15 cents) each
  • Post #29 - May 4th, 2006, 3:13 pm
    Post #29 - May 4th, 2006, 3:13 pm Post #29 - May 4th, 2006, 3:13 pm
    Corned beef and pastraimi at Jake's last Saturday.
    http://static.flickr.com/52/137177452_6 ... 8c.jpg?v=0
    http://static.flickr.com/56/137177453_3 ... 8e.jpg?v=0
    Sorry, Mrs. CSD couldn't wait for either picture before sampling her half.

    CSD
    Born and raised in Chicago, escaped to Wisconsin.
  • Post #30 - May 4th, 2006, 3:36 pm
    Post #30 - May 4th, 2006, 3:36 pm Post #30 - May 4th, 2006, 3:36 pm
    chicagostyledog wrote:Corned beef and pastraimi at Jake's last Saturday.
    http://static.flickr.com/52/137177452_6 ... 8c.jpg?v=0
    http://static.flickr.com/56/137177453_3 ... 8e.jpg?v=0
    Sorry, Mrs. CSD couldn't wait for either picture before sampling her half.


    Of all the delicious items mentioned and photographed in this thread, this is the one that has me re-arranging my weekend schedule to head to Milwaukee.

Contact

About

Team

Advertize

Close

Chat

Articles

Guide

Events

more