Friday, March 25, 2011

Gluten Free in Chicago

There was a trade show in Chicago, so Steve and I decided to go a few days early and go to some of the museums on the weekend. That gave us three nights out in the city. The first night we went to Lawry's. We had no reservation, because we were looking for the Chicago Chop House. Couldn't find it; maybe we were on the wrong end of the street, I don't know. Lawry's was packed but said they could fit us in if we were willing to sit side by side on a banquette. It was actually a great place to sit because we could see the whole dining room and watch the carvers working from the big rolling carts with the prime rib in them. I'm sorry that I couldn't have some of the beautiful Yorkshire pudding, but it was a very nice traditional dinner – salad, mashed potatoes and prime rib. We each had a small lobster tail on the side. A good dinner.
The next two nights we went to Wildfire, where the Celiac Center of the University of Chicago has had some of their events. They have a healthy sized gluten free menu and I wanted to try everything. The Sea Scallop Skewers was a great appetizer. I had that the first night. (The second night I ordered the Oven Roasted Mussels, also really good.) I really wanted the au gratin potatoes too, so I ordered those as my side with Cedar Planked Salmon. Potatoes were excellent; salmon, okay, but not memorable. My entree the second night was the Pizza. It was fun, but does not come close to that ideal pizza that we all carry around in our heads from pre-gf days. The true winner at Wildfire though was the Flourless Chocolate Cake. I should have ordered that both nights-- “Regrets, I've had a few...”


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