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New Year's Resolution: Going to Restaurants


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One of the unfortunate things about working here is that I become aware of far more restaurants than I have the time or money to go to. So I have an ongoing list of places that seems to grow longer every week - especially since restaurants seem to be opening at a surprising pace. Here are a few I'm determined to try in the new year.

1. Big Star. Bar food from Paul Kahan, and they're not above serving cheap Schlitz (the new-old recipe is really good, I think).

2. Jibek Jolu A brand new Kyrgyzstani restaurant in Lincoln Square.

3. Cafe Orchid Ottoman food in a hard neighborhood to find reasonably priced, interesting food.

4. Bakin' & Eggs Yes, the name is all kinds of precious, but they had me at "breakfast, lunch, and brunch place from two grads of the French Pastry School."

5. Cid's Ma Mon Luk "Down-home cooking from the Philippines, set forth without ceremony."

6. Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar For the small-batch beverages and the convenience to the Empty Bottle.

7. Sayat Nova "Cavelike Armenian restaurant." I have no excuse for not having been here, I realize. It's on the list for the next movie I see at River East 21.

8. La Cecina Salt-dried traditional steak of Guerrero, lots of seafood, and bull testicles.

9. Chaihanna Uzbek cuisine in a suburban strip mall.

10. Zaiqua Indian Restaurant "Considered by many cabdrivers the most authentic of the Indo-Paki places on Orleans, this tiny counter-service joint is more of a snack shop and pool hall than a restaurant."

11. Miss Lee's Good Food I never got to go to the late, lamented Gladys' Luncheonette, so might as well try a place run by an alumna.

12. Turner's Family Soul Food Which made Mike Sula's 2008 list of his favorite Chicago foods.