Saturday, October 20, 2007

Skylark, Red Hen Bread, Gen Art open bar, and Erwin

This is a miscellaneous Chicago post.

Right after getting picked up at the airport, Dan took me to Skylark to get a quick drink and a basket of tater tots.

The tots came with 3 sauces. The crowd was a mix of young Chicago-style hipsters and older people getting dinner. The first thing I noticed, though, was the cigarette smoke. There's no smoking ban in Chicago. No no smoking. Bars are smoking. It seems strange somehow.

The next morning, we headed to Red Hen Bread to pick up something for breakfast.

This place reminded me of Amy's Bread in New York. There were these perfect-looking baguettes that I never got to try, but I'll get them when I move here.

After breakfast, we went to Millenium Park and got a tip that there was an open bar in the area.

It was under a large tent in the park and was sponsored by Gen Art for Chicago "Fashion Week." Anyway, it was ridiculous. Chambord had a bar set up promoting their cocktails, Bailey's was making smoothies, and there was a miscellaneous bar with Johnny Walker Gold. They were also giving out free SmartWater and Chipotle was giving out free guacamole and chips. Admission was an email address. It wasn't crowded at all. I love Chicago!

We got Sunday brunch at Erwin. It was fantastic.

Ben and Daniel got Eggs Benedict. The eggs were right and the Holladaise was good. I got trout. Here was the menu description:
rainbow trout
wood grilled with green tomato jam, eggs your way, country potatoes and multi-grain toast

Even though it looked like all you got was grilled wood, I decided to take a chance and was pleasantly surprised. I usually try to keep my expectations low for brunch, but with places like Erwin I guess I should start to expect more.

2149 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

Red Hen Bread
500 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614

2925 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

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