Sunday, December 25, 2005

chicago: i will soon be in you.

true enough. the surly vegan can't stay in one place (or speak in the first person) for very long, so next weekend we're taking this operation on the road and spending new year's in chicago, my home away from home. here are some food-related items that i am especially looking forward to (in no particular order):

1) spinach pies from middle east bakery
2) falafel from taste of lebanon (cute little falafel tubes, i've never seen them like this anywhere else) and also their wonderful french fries
3) just about anything from the chicago diner, where they really do some wonderful things with seitan and vegan milkshakes (separately, of course).
4) blind faith's seitan fajitas and lemon seitan (okay, technically this is evanston, not chicago, but you'll forgive me, won't you?)
5) samosas from that dingy indian place on sheffield in wrigleyville.
7) vegetarian burritos from mr. salsa sin queso y sin crema tambien, although i have a sneaking suspicion that a) they use lard in their beans and/or b) they use chicken stock in their rice...but then why is it called vegetarian? i love mr. salsa, please don't take it away from me.
8) giant avocado burritos from garcia's in lincoln square
9) (if i have a little extra money in my pocket...) veggie mousaka from andies in andersonville. expensive but luxurious.
10) berry pancakes from the pick me up cafe. this is a great spot to eat right away when arriving in chicago early in the morning, as i often do.

i am also a great fan of binny's liquor stores.

CHICAGOANS: are you out there? do you have your own lists? feel free to blow up my comments section.

i should also give honorable mention to earwax in wicker park. i never went there enough to miss it or look forward to it, so that's why it didn't make the list, but it's a pretty great place nonetheless. they were nice enough to deliver to pilsen for us sometimes when we lived there, although one time a very strange delivery guy had us order pizza for him from a local pizza place that he used to work at and had been blackballed from or something like that, so that was weird.


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