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Blackbird, Longman & Eagle, Fat Rice

Chuggy Bear fits in a few last impromptu meals in Chicago at some of the best restaurants in the city

Posted June 4, 2013 by Grant Shindo

To close my epic Chicago vacation, I visited two Michelin-rated restaurants and an up-and-coming, dinner-only spot. Blackbird has been a pillar of the Chicago food scene for the past decade, helping put Chicago on the national culinary map. Longman & Eagle is a favorite of Chicago natives and serves up comfort food elevated to new heights. Fat Rice serves only dinner, doesn’t take reservations and has a list of house rules, including no phones at the table unless you have 500 or more Twitter followers (in which case they ask you to use #EatFatRice).

Blackbird (1 of 22)


Blackbird is the one-Michelin-star flagship restaurant of Chef Paul Kahan. He was recently honored as co-outstanding chef of 2013 by the James Beard Awards. Chef Paul has built a small restaurant empire in Chicago with other notable eateries, avec, the Publican and Big Star.

I met Saagar, one of my good college buddies, for lunch. The $22 three-course prix fixe can't be beat!


  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 8:14 am

    CB:  Guud for you to send back fuud that did not meet with your expectations.  Very comprehensive review.  Pix are excellent as well.  Yeah, your Lipitor bill will kill you before you get a heart attack!

  2. Grant Shindo
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

    @Annoddah_Dave thank you! our waiter did mention that they had one other duck dish sent back that service as well. It was way over-seasoned, a huge misstep that could cost them if served to a Michelin judge or a Tribune food critic. I’ve been eating a lot of soups and mild food since being back. The extravagance was nice but I need to come back to Earth.

  3. Melissa808
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    mmmmm! What was sprinkled on the egg in the croque madame? cheese? salt?

  4. Grant Shindo
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    @Melissa808 I believe it is a fine french hard cheese

About Grant Shindo

Who is that you spot at your local restaurant, bar, food truck or pop-up? Grant "Chuggy Bear" Shindo is always on the hunt for the tastiest grub this island has to offer. Chuggy Bear not only has a passion for food, but also a desire to share his experiences through colorful and honest storytelling. Next time you're at a farmer’s market, say “hi” to Grant and find out what the next plate has to offer. You can find his favorite spots at

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