Monday began late in the morning at Firecakes Donuts, the first of six spots that were all new to me. I had heard about Firecakes from our dear late friend, the ChiTownDiner, Gregg Pill. He raved about it. Of course, he would have been there at 6:30 instead of 11:30, and gone to five more places for breakfast before we got there. But, then again, we're only mortals. We shared a buttermilk old fashioned, pistachio old fashioned, candied pineapple coconut milk fritter, pepper bacon maple cream filled long john, and malted milk balls.
Can't you guys move any faster?
I wished I had tried the Triple Valrhona Chocolate Cake. Maybe next time.
Pistachio old fashioned.
Candied pineapple coconut milk fritter.
Pepper bacon cream-filled maple long john.
These were all very good donuts, especially the long john and fritter. I liked the little malt cap on the malted milk ball. I thought the old fashioned was pretty good, nothing special. I thought the pistachio was pretty much the plain, painted green. I was definitely happy to finally try them.
Next stop was my first time at the Roadfood legendary Freddy's Pizeria in Cicero. I had heard about and read about this place for years, and was really glad to be able to finally experience it for myself. The number of choices available is astounding and overwhelming, and you could spend a day just coming here throughout the day. We shared a sampling of ravioli, gnocchi, eggplant, a slice of pepperoni pizza, chicken Marsala, and a spectacular rice ball, filled with meat and vegetables. There were about a dozen other things I could have ordered, not to mention the wonderful looking gelato.
Next up was La Chaparrita Mexican Grocery. This is a small place with a few tables, where you can pick up some tacos and many other necessities of life. After we left I got an Eater Chicago email which happened to have an article on the 16 Essential Chicago Mexican restaurants, of which this is one.
I thought about getting a milk shake when I saw the milk shake machine.
I'm not a very adventurous eater, so some of these just weren't for me.
They started us off with a small cup of fermented pineapple juice, which was very good.
I think this is the only place I've been to that presented a bowl of radishes as an appetizer. I liked them a lot.
We shared two al Pastors, a Asada, a Suadero, and a cheek (which I didn't try). They were quite good. We also liked the spring onion that came with it.
This picture was taken from outside the building, through what might have been an old walkup window. The chef opened the window and talked to us for a while.
Stop no. 4 was Lem's Bar-B-Q House, on 75th Street. Since they have no seating whatsoever, we took our slab of ribs and fries to our 5th stop, Calumet Fisheries, where we were able to sit at their one picnic table.
The ribs come in a tray, where they first put your order of fries, then cover the fries with sauce, and finally put the ribs on top. Two more stops to go.
post edited by Davidsanders - 2019/09/25 10:53:36