Blog Reviews: The Week That Hyde Died

Chicago’s intrepid food bloggers were all over the damn place last week, in alphabetical order by restaurant

• New Chinatown Square restaurant Chi Cafe delivers solid food at reasonable prices [Drive-Thru]

• According to Mike Nagrant, the much ballyhooed El Cubanito is not all it’s cracked up to be. If you make the trip, you can skip the cubano and steak sandwiches and stick to the ropa vieja instead [Hungry Mag]

• The beer selection at River North gastropub English is rather meagre, but the food (especially the mussels) is better than most critics had given it credit for [Drive-Thru]

• Wow - Chuck Sudo really like the breaded steak sandwich at Freddie’s Pizza & Pasta Parlor in Bridgeport. Seriously! [Chicagoist]

• Somewhere in the near West side (specifically, at Hound Dogs Burgers & Teriyaki), you can get ungreasy, unmeaty and uneggy bi bim bop. Who’da thunk? [Drive-Thru]

• You know what’s great about the Algerian-style crepes at Icosium Kafe? The vegetables. Also, the merguez. Also, the Peterson’s ice cream. But ideally, not all at once [Drive-Thru]

• Hey vegans, listen up: Milk & Honey is now serving their portabella mushroom sandwich without cheese. How thoughtful of them! [Drive-Thru]

• Apparently, the little Southeast Asian spot in River North that you keep passing by, Quang Noodle, does a pretty decent trade in Vietnamese food [Chicago Foodies]

• Set in a former power plant in the West Loop, Powerhouse, is gearing up to be a go-to New American restaurant and lounge for the smart yuppie crowd [The Stew]

• Lakeview Thai-and-sushi storefront Ta Tong dishes up great Southeast Asian flavors and accommodates children well, but skip the raw fish [Chicagoist]

• Bridget and Tammy each give Vermilion, the River North Indian-Latin fusion spot a six of ten [Chicago Bites]

[Photo: Henry Hyde and a lady friend at “a Chicago nightspot in the late 1960s” (Salon]


Blog Reviews: The Week That Hyde Died