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August 13, 2008

The next road trip, part deux

Over dinner (spareribs, baked apples, stewed tomatoes, creamed spinach, lima beans and cheese biscuits, none of it cooked from scratch by moi), I asked Gailor if she had made a reservation for the nicest restaurant in Evanston for next Friday night.

"Do it soon," I told her. "It's going to be hard to get a reservation with everyone's parents being there for moving in day."

She just laughed at me. "You think a lot of other people will have their parents taking them to business school?" 


Posted by Elizabeth Large at 8:03 PM | | Comments (11)


My bet for best restaurant in downtown Evanston is Tapas Barcelona . It was a lucky guess when I went there in 2001 on the night before classes began for my last degree, and in every return trip it has proved to be the best in the neighborhood. Some of the local pizza in Evanston is really good too.

But I have also discovered that many of the ethnic restaurants in some of Chicago's "changing" neighborhoods are worth the scary walk from the el to seek out. I am particularly remembering a Russian place -- couldn't tell you the name or the stop, but would remember them if I saw them -- with to die for sausage and dumplings.

Okay, if you didn't cook all that good stuff, who did? That's one helluva dinner, Hon...YUM!

Gourmet to go from Eddie's. EL

Just so Gailor knows.. My parents took my near thirtyish brother to start his masters in social work.. and they already have plans when its my turn and I'm past thirtyish.

Tell her quite politely she's not the only one who is doomed and at least she won't be alone at school.

And so you know EL, I do find that adorable about my parents.

If I were to travel to Chicago, which may happen some day, the one thing I'd have to try, albeit not very fancy, is their legendary deep dish pizza. A while back the travel channel did a show on Pizza wars between NY and Chicago and some of their pies, although not what I think of when I think "pizza" look pretty amazing.

I can't recommend a place, but at some point you should ditch Gailor and try an Italian beef sandwich (I might not be remembering the terminology correctly).

Hal, I think your terminology is right if you mean the sandwich of thin-sliced beef and peppers on a sub/hoagie/torpedo roll, all dipped in jus. Sounds wonderful, don't it? I think Guy Fieri also did a segment about it on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

I assume you have been to the Frontera Grill for Rick Bayless' Mexican fare but if not you shouldn't miss the chance. Also in downtown Chicago is Emilio's Wine Bar and Tapas. Equally as good. Since I used to make the drive from St. Louis to Chicago to eat at these places it is certainly worth the drive from Evanston.

Road trips, I love them!! My dear fiancee hates them but she did fly down for a road trip to N'Awlins. And she had a blast.

Heck, sometimes its quicker to drive here from Baltimore than deal with Delta. And its 17 HOURS DRIVE from Baltimore.

sorry to raise my voice.

Rob in PCB, please don't every fly Northworst, especially through Detroit. They make Delta look like Pan Am in the 50's.

I remember doing an "O.J. run" through the old Detroit terminal many years ago. From incoming flight wheels down to outgoing flight wheels up was a bit less than 30 minutes. Even then running was not my strong suit.

Speaking of Guy Fieri, Diners Drive ins and Dives and Evanston. He was there Filming at the Wiener and Still Champion on Dempster St for the upcoming season

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He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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