Sunday, October 16, 2011

Time with Friends from Out of Town

Friends from out of town had to come to Chicago so we met them for a day in the city. Our first stop Franks 'N' Dawgs. We have been planning on trying out the Hot Dog joints in Chicago but hadn't gotten to any yet so this seemed like the time to start and the closest one to where we were was Franks 'N' Dawgs.
Triple Truffle Fries- Yukon Gold waffle cut fries, truffle oil, truffle butter, truffle salt & freshly chopped herbs. These were the best Truffle Fries I've ever had!
Tur-Doggin- Turkey & date sausage, crispy duck confit, herb garlic aioli, pickled onion relish & pickled carrots. Very interesting flavor combinations. The sausage was very good.
Belly Up- Pork sausage, mustard glazed pork belly, pickled fennel & macerated grapes.
Then we walked around for a while and found a bit of some country in the city.
We went to  Antico Pasto for dinner in Oakbrook for some fantastic Italian food.
Gnocchi with Tomato Vodka Sauce- It was fantastic! Their Gnocchi are Homemade Ricotta Dumplings.
Chicken Parmesan- Milanese Chicken Breast, fresh Mozzarella, garlic-tomato sauce.
Pasta Trio: Gnocchi with Bolognese Sauce, Butternut Squash Ravioli with brown butter, sage, candied walnuts and Gnocchi with Tomato Cream Sauce. The Ravioli was excellent.
Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.
We had a fun time with friends and food!

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