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weekend feasting

January 17, 2010

This was a weekend of eating.  It started Friday night at the neighborhood French bistro, Le Bouchon, with a fantastic plate of mussels.  It continued Saturday morning with a diner-style breakfast of eggs, ham, and hash browns at Johnny’s Grill, followed by a mid-afternoon espresso at Letizia’s Natural Bakery, with Saturday night culminating at The Bristol.  This place was a real treat, as it was recently named one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in the country by GQ.  The Bristol focuses on pork, lots of it, with a nightly-changing menu written on a blackboard against an exposed brick wall.  On Saturday, the specialties contained quite a bit of wild boar meat, including wild boar belly and boar meatballs.  It was a perfect dinner with good food, good whiskey and beer, and good friends.  Later that night, and – ridiculously – again this morning, I found myself at Big Star for a couple haute tacos.  The chilaquiles special, including fried organic eggs on top, as well as the michelada really hit the spot.

I’ve been in a great mood all weekend, and I can’t help but believe it has to do with the food and the restaurants.  Eating tasty, smart food in a new place is about as good as it gets, transporting you to another world with each new dish, each discovered beer, each hanging light against an exposed-brick wall, dangling over an oak table.

Nos. 351: 1/17/2010 (Big Star)

Nos. 352: 1/16/2010 (The Bristol)

Superficially a simplistic spot. Blackboard menu. Metal chairs.
Edison bulbs. Brick wall. Wood floor. No tablecloths. Nice beer
list, better wine list. Very much the contemporary bistro, safe
and sanitized. That is, until you notice the food.

GQ magazine, describing Chicago’s The Bristol as one of the
10 Best New Restaurants

No. 353: 1/15/2010 (Le Bouchon)

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 18, 2010 5:25 pm

    sounds like my favorite kind of weekend. nice to stumble upon your blog here, adam. best of luck, looking forward to following along.

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