Red Potato and Shishito Pepper Hash
We sat in a Chicago luncheonette
Sipping a Mexican cola
And snapping pics as the countertops were bussed
His style was lusty, drawing inspiration from bygone diners
It was bold and gutsy
(a nod to Hall & Oates)
The 41-stool luncheonette sits next to the Damen “L” Station in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. A gem of a diner serving Southern inspired Mexican cuisine, it has all the charm of lunch counters of yesteryear – an original tin ceiling, earth-tone hexagon floor tiles, vintage wood paneling, antique fixtures with separate hot & cold faucets reminding me of the bathrooms in the Chicago Public Schools in the 60s.
But charm isn’t the main reason to take the “L” or Uber over to Wicker Park. Come to Dove’s for the soulful food, friendly neighborly vibes, and gracious hospitality.
Shortly after our visit to Dove’s, I was thrilled to find the recipe for Red Potato and Shishito Pepper Hash in Bon Appétit. I’ve already served it a few times here in LA, with rave reviews. Editor Julie Kramer says, “People accuse me of having a bias toward every food made in my hometown of Chicago. But I defy you to find a crispier, more satisfying breakfast hash than the one at Dove’s Luncheonette.”
Dove’s Luncheonette Crispy Breakfast Hash Recipe
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What are your three favorite dining towns?
Topping my list are…
…in order of where I happen to be visiting at the time, and were the next reservation will take us. I recently returned home from Chicago, experiencing nothing short of culinary nirvana.
Continue reading “One of Chicago’s Most Elegant: RIA”
Glazed Bacon/White Polenta
I want to share the experience of dining in Chicago, one of my favorite food towns. It’s not just about the food, but also the big personality of this metropolis and the service, ambiance, architecture, and lights of the Windy City.
Chef Shawn McClain’s Custom House
is located at 500 S. Dearborn, on the edge of the Loop. In the 1890s, the area was called the Custom House Levee District, known for its bordellos, saloons and pawnshops; hence the name. With its floor to ceiling windows this restaurant has a sleek cool elegance. It features Regional American fare with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients.
Werp Farms Beets
Standing at 1,450 feet and 110 stories high, the Sears Tower
is the tallest building in North America and the third tallest building in the world: seen here from our table.
Buffalo Milk Ricotta/Green Beans
Parsley Walnut Pesto
Horseradish Cream Puffs
Bone In Short Rib
Another Order of Horseradish Cream Puffs
Tomato Anchovy Preserve
Bone Marrow Crostini
Enjoying the Evening
As the Sun Goes Down
Black and White Ice Cream Float
Chocolate and Wattleseed Ice Cream
Mini Black and Whites
French Press Coffee
End to Another Fabulous Chicago Meal
A friend of mine is on her way to Chicago for business and asked if I had any recommendations for dining in the city. Another of my favorites is Joe’s Stone Crabs
on the corner of Grand & Rush, which I wrote about in April and, of course, Charlie Trotter’s.
For an authentic Chicago-Style lunch, don’t miss Hot Doug’s!
We also love Bistrot Margot,
in Chicago’s Old Town, a blog post for another time…
Have a great trip, Susan!