When I was in school on the south-side of the Chicago, a bunch of students and I made the pilgrimage to Russell’s to get what we were told was the best BBQ around. And it was pretty good. In 1976. Since then, the Chicagoland area has seen an explosion of exceptional BBQ places. And yet, every now and again, I have a hankering for the ribs of Russell’s.
I stop by the Irish Shop every year around this time. Like a startling number of Americans (I’ve heard estimates of over 70%), I claim some Irish ancestry, but it’s only around St. Patrick’s Day that I feel the urge to indulge my Irish side.
In Taiwan recently, I found myself watching my Asian tablemates at dinner, trying to mimic the way they did things, just to see how it would feel, just to see if, maybe, I couldn’t find a better way to do what most of us do three (or usually more) times every day.
During the St. Patrick’s Day season, some vegetarians may feel left out of the dinner table action as the more carnivorous among us hunker down over our corned beef and cabbage. One of the most excellent features of Ardrahan is that it has a substantial, almost “beefy” quality.
On Thursday, March 8th, at Chief O’Neill’s (3471 N. Elston), 25% of all dinner purchases will go to help AYS, an after-school mentoring program that gives kids a safe-haven in the afternoon…and some food.