1) the Purple Pig: panna cotta 2)boka: scallops on forbidden rice 3)crisp: bibimbap and crispy wings 4) boka:spiced apple cake

This trip was truly epic.  This time, we penetrated Chicago like Eisenhower conquered Normandy.  Our game plan for wining and dining the best the city had to offer could have defeated Phil Jackson’s triangle offense from the nineties.  Alright, you get the idea.

Allow me to reveal  the line-up:

1st day lunch: Bill Kim’s Urban Belly (straight up yummy Asian noodles and dumplings)

1st day dinner: Boka (first Michelin star restaurant! pause for dramatic moment)

2nd day lunch: The Purple Pig (my favorite among the list. Serves Mediterranean style small plates– most memorable are fried white bait and pig ears)

2nd day dinner: Publican (had to hit up the meat market once again)

3rd day lunch: Crisp (Korean bibimbap and bbq crispy wings. Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats filming here on the 17th!)