Saturday, October 24, 2009

Feeding Frenzy

Back from Chicago, foodie capital

Some recap
Visiting daughter and son-in-law, who made most of the arrangements
Started with Chicago Firehouse menu's here

Not on menu was night's specials
I went with a "sausage sampler" for an appeitzer - would have been a meal in itself
3 different sausages, all delicious.
Lucky for me I had Shirley, daughter and son-in-law to share with.
Daughter tried the Lobster Bisque, son-in-law the Escargot, and Shirley a Pear salad

For the main course, I went with a "flight of filet" 3 3oz filets, each with different finish. Black Peppercorn, Horseradish and Maytag Blue Cheese Crust. Daughter tried the Pot Roast, son-in-law the Lamb Chop, while Shirley tried the Short Rib Ravoili.
Sides of creamed spinach and bacon mashed potatoes
All were great

We enjoyed a bottle of Justin Cabernet (did not record the year)

Tried to keep meals during the day light, save room for the evenings.

Next up was Roy's Hawaiian fusion
Roy’s Restaurant - Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine - Roy’s Classics
son-in-law and I split a "canoe" appetizer sampler, Shirley went for the Lobster Dim Sum, daughter tried the night's special - Chicken Soup

Fire Grilled Szechuan Spiced Baby Back Pork Ribs were a big thumbs up

Then for main course, son-in-law and I went with sampler again:
Hibachi Grilled Salmon, Blackened Ahi tuna and Misoyaki Butterfish
Butterfish was standout, modest portion on black rice with butter and yuzu juice
Shirley and daughter tried the Macadamia Mahi and Opakapaka
Couple bottles of Duckhorn Sav Blanc matched well and we broke down and went for the Bread Pudding - yum

Light the next night as we went to Blue Man Group - much laughter and fun.
Went for something "lighter" with Red Light
Red Light - Menus

All shared
Shrimp, pork dumplings, lobster rolls, and spiced ribs (good but Roy's were better)
Mee Gha Ti and Biryanis worked well for all, there was plenty for take home.
Washed down with some Tsing Tao and Tiger beers

Then on to Custom House - best of the visit
custom house restaurant • chicago

Well, this was just plain awesome
Started with a couple orders of Wagu Beef Tartare - just W-O-W
Daughter took the mushroom soup - great, and I added the Werp Farm beet salad
Since Cherry Capital Foods works with Mike Werp - had to go for it - very very nice
That opened the door to drop an Earthy business card and more conversations - positive feedback shortly

The rest of the dinner was sharing of
Short ribs, chicken, skirt steak, apple streudle, potato gratin, pommes anna, raviolo, and glased carrots.
Sue (owner) came by to visit, talked 'shrooms
We were comped a foie gras dessert and the apple streudle ... awesome

All was chased with some Seven Hills Cab, various single malts, and some port

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