back to Chicago

I’m feeling like a total slacker for not writing more about Chicago. It’s such a great food town, but as soon as I got back from my trip, I started writing about my everyday stuff again. Transport yourself back to St. Patty’s Day weekend. I was so excited to go back to Aigre Doux for dinner. I had the great pleasure of meeting chef Mohammad Islam on a trip to Chicago last year — what a charming guy. I called ahead so I could say hello again. His lovely wife, Malika Ameen, wasn’t working this eveningtime, and it was my loss.

This photo probably doesn’t do the stylish decor justice, but let’s just say it’s a great place for a really nice date. You know… like an anniversary dinner. The wine list is top notch, but I should be talking about the food. Despite the sound of his name, Chef Islam’s food is totally multicultural. A little Italian, a little Greek, a little New American, a little Asian. I don’t know how to describe it completely, but I can say that the Braised Oxtail Ravioli is not to be missed. And if you’re really out to splurge (and you brought your appetite), opt for the Colorado Lamb Tasting. As friends will tell you, I’m not much of a meat eater, but this was a night to make a really big exception — shank, chop, sweatbreads, all like heaven. I actually met some Chicagoans who haven’t dined at Aigre Doux yet, and they’re really missing out on something incredible.

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