Trendier places have come and gone, but Hemmingway’s Bistro keeps doing what it’s always done, holding fast to the more or less traditional bistro format, without fanfare, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Autre Monde opened this summer on Roosevelt in Berwyn, and it’s been drawing a lot of attention from traditional media (Chicago Tribune, TimeOut Chicago) as well as crowd-sourced bulletin boards (LTHForum.com, Yelp). We went there last week and were knocked out by the food.
In Chile a few weeks ago, I stayed at Tierra Atacama, a resort in the northern desert, as well as Antumalal, in the southern territory. Both places were influenced by the work of the Midwest's favorite architect(s).
Perhaps it’s due to the odd preference for white food (white bread, white meat, marshmallow Fluff), or perhaps buckwheat fell out of favor because people just don’t like the taste (unlikely), but whatever the cause, it’s now very hard to get a pancake or waffle made of buckwheat.
In July, I went to visit a few mall-based restaurants with two very trusty dining companions: Mike Gebert and Jennifer Olvera. Gebert won a James Beard award earlier this year for his food videos, and Olvera recently published Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago, a compendium of worthy dining zones in and around our city.
This segment ran on Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ (91.5) on August 23, 2011.
This time of year, at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market, I always make a stop at the corn stand to pick up some of the golden ears familiar to all of us in the Midwest. I can’t help but think, though, that our eating lives would be so much richer if we could find a way to keep less popular or less corporately appropriate species of food alive and reproducing, for the benefit of our table and the continuing evolution of all species, including our own.
Barn & Company is part of new wave of BBQ places, including Lillie’s Q (1856 W. North) and Chicago Q (1160 N. Dearborn), that feature upgraded accommodations (comfy seats, a sense of interior design) and full bars. All that would be for naught if the kitchen doesn’t deliver, and Barn & Company does. It’s worth the drive.