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Chi-Town Pt.1

I’ve been in Chicago for work this past week.  Well…to be more precise, I was staying in downtown Chicago, but working in Hammond, Indiana. We have eaten a LOT while in Chicago and Hammond, so I think I’ll narrow it down to the places of our best meals:

Chop House

The lobster bisque at the Chop House.  It was the best version I had during the trip (and I tried 2 others while I was here) with the right amount of cream to stock, and good chunks of lobster meat.  My only criticism was that the portion was much too small for something so delicious.  I wanted to lick the bowl clean!

Jack Binion’s (Horseshoe Hammond)

The bread plate at this steakhouse was the highlight of the meal, being that I don’t eat beef and the seafood was only sub-par.  I loved the bread plate because of the variety and freshness of the choices.  There was raisin bread, lavash, onion-feta focaccia, and sourdough, along with warm temperature butter.  It was perfect and I would have been happy with just this plate.


Parpadelle with sausage in a tomato sauce.  The pasta was cooked a little overcooked but quite honestly, we were all so hungry that night that everything tasted amazing.  In retrospect, it was not as good as the pasta I had at Bencotto last week.

However, I also had an order of cannoli to go and found to my surprise that the order came with TWO huge cannolis.  These were actually pretty good and best part was that it was piped to order.  My greatest criteria for cannolis.  The ricotta filling was a little grainy, but it was not overly sweet.  I’d give the cannolis a 6.5/10 (for reference, I’d give Solunto’s cannolis a score of 9/10).

Peninsula: The Lobby

I had talked my colleagues into joining me in my darkness and sin…or better known as chocolate.  Loads and loads of chocolate.  I present to you: the chocolate buffet of the hotel Peninsula’s The Lobby.  Of course, we ate dinner first there and I had a light salad, but that was really just to make sure I didn’t only have sugar in my system for that night.  Oh my word…it was an endless selection of dessert confections that surrounded the center table.  It was so delicious and even as I think about it while typing this, I am craving chocolate.  The desserts (I can’t remember all the varieties I had) were all scrumptious!  There were cakes, brownies, cookies, mousses, puddings, and pies.  My favorites was a dark chocolate crunch cake (first plate, top left) and surprisingly…the white chocolate banana dome (second plate, top right).

This is just the first post of two and probably the best to come!

Chop House
60 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654

Jack Binion’s Steakhouse
777 Casino Center Dr
Hammond, IN 46320

720 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

Peninsula: The Lobby
108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611


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    February 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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