Wicker Park's Animale is a new fast-casual restaurant from Aldo Zaninotto, whose much fancier Osteria Langhe offers higher-end Italian dishes that come in around $18 for apps and $30 for entrées. It isn't like that at Animale, but neither is Animale anything like Oak Park's fast-casual places, Five Guys and Chipotle, both of which we like but both of which are strictly counter-service with much less chef-y options.
One of the great joys of travel is eating new things, and my philosophy is that if the food, however odd and unusual, is traditionally eaten by people in the country I'm visiting, then I will try that food at least once.
Next time I order at Five Guys, I’m going to say, in the friendliest tone of voice of I can muster, “Hey, please just give me two napkins, okay? I’ll try to eat less like a pig than usual, and you can save some money on paper costs.” It’s a small step…but a start.