The other night, while insomniatingly (made up word) perusing the internet, I stumbled upon Threadless, a site I had learned about years ago that I stored in my “remember every five years” file. Threadless boasts a variety of digs and wall art, and everything on the site is created by independent artists. Their shtick is to make unknown artists become totally known artists, and I can see why that would work for many of these designs. Of course, my natural inclination was to search the food themed garb, and I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of food sarcasm. My six favorite selections are below. Look for me sporting number 1 sometime next week.
5. Sushi Hug
Pastrami on rye. Chopped liver. Hot potato latkes. Jewish comfort food is serious, and if you want the best of the best in Chicago, you go to Manny’s, where the Raskin family recipes have been passed down for nearly 75 years. Anyone who has been lucky enough to visit Manny’s, knows that it is truly a living piece of Chicago history. Incepted just after World War II, the cafeteria style deli is located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago, and sits just steps away from the spot where The Great Chicago Fire originated.
Though 32 year-old Dan Raskin has only been working and running Manny’s since he was in high school, it has been in his life forever. In fact, I think it is safe to say that he has matzo ball soup broth running through his veins. Now, with a huge restaurant renovation in the works, featuring take-out service and a bakery counter, Raskin has some big fish (likely smoked fish) to fry. The busy entrepreneur was kind enough to give us some insight on his favorite Chicago (and Italy) spots.
Dan’s Top Seeds
Go-To Order at Manny’s
My favorite sandwich is a combo corned beef and pastrami on rye with coleslaw. But, if I’m going hot entree, I’m going short ribs.
Under the Radar
I’m a big fan of Athenian Room in Lincoln Park. It’s been around forever, but people forget about it because it’s not in Greek Town.
You’re going to the chair. What are you eating?
I have been fortunate enough to travel a bit and my favorite meal ever was at La Giostra in Florence, Italy. The food is so fresh and by far the best Italian I have ever had.
Hands down, Lou Malnati’s. The trick is to either eat at Lou’s or get them to deliver it in the pan. They’ll do it if you promise to return it the next day.
Dying to try
Kid Friendly Chic
I love the brunch at Chicago Cut. They have a great menu and an amazing patio in the summer. My kids love watching the boats on the river. It’s an unexpected family friendly place.
In my Kindergarten class, we devote an entire week of school to celebrating day 100. Parties, treats and 100-themed special projects take over all of our learning times for days 97-101. Though I don’t anticipate a week-long celebration for my 100th post, I may get crazy and splurge on organic fruit at the grocery store this week. Hold me back!
I hope you enjoy my first edition of Top Seeds. Even though some of the categories do not necessarily have a positive connotation, I use the term ‘top’ as a superlative; good or bad.
Cheers to 100 posts!