When it comes to eating out, I’m not that adventurous. I’ve got my favorite spots: the taco joint around the corner with the best tacos al pastor in town, the falafel place down the street with the awesome garlic sauce, and the place with the brunch that’s always a little too salty but so delicious it makes up for it. (No, I’m not telling you where any of these places are. If you start filling up my spots with your cool kid faces I’ll never be allowed to go there again.) Anyway, I tend to go to the same places all the time, order mostly the same food, and definitely don’t go out to fancy or splurgy places, well, ever. I can count on two fingers the number of times I’ve paid more than $50 for a meal.
But our erstwhile photographer Cary reminded me this morning that Chicago’s Restaurant Week is coming. From January 24 through February 6, more than two hundred restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs are offering special fancy prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus for $22, $33, and $44. This gives hoi polloi, such as myself, a chance to experience some of Chicago’s justly famous cheffery that otherwise might be beyond our reach.
As I said, this is more than I’d usually spend on a meal. But it’s an excuse for a splurge and to try something new, and trying new things is the heart of what Go Go Go stands for. So I’m going to make a point to check out at least one new restaurant while this is going on. It’s a small thing, but it still counts.