I was thinking about the good ol’ days back in Chicago. I was born
downtown, right near the Lake, but I grew up on the South Side,
White Sox, Museum of Science and Industry, U of Chicago territory.
As any good Chicagoan would do, I tried to eat my way across the city
and make sure to check out all the classics…The Berghoff, Morton’s
Steak House, Bowl Mich, The Pump Room, The Pinnacle, Uno’s, Due’s,
Gino’s East, Al’s Italian Beef, Salerno’s, Medici’s, Leona’s, Piccolo
Mundo, Hi Ricky’s, Star of India, and oh, so many more…
Did you know that there are over 8800 restaurants phone book listings for Chicago?
But right now my soul could use a little soul food as may yours, and there’s is one that seems most appropriate to celebrate on Inauguration Day. And that is Army and Lou’s. Oh, we all heard about Valois, the Greek American local gathering, “See Your Food”* being cooked restaurant in Hyde Park where Barack, and I often dined, dh, too, even before we met, and Barack frequents Dixie’s Kitchen and Bait Shop as well, but I bet the President elect made the short trip down to the south side’s Army and Lou’s Soul Food Restaurant a few times, too. See their menu here:
So, for Inauguration Day, where we shall comfortably participate in the
crowning of our newly elected President and eat some down home style soul
food, which I love and miss so much. Here’s what is on the menu at my house:
For breakfast we there will be butter grits, soft eggs, hoe cakes and hot honey tea.
For lunch we’ll eat some stove top corn bread with bone in ham (I’ll throw in some pineapple slices for the state of Hawaii, Obama’s birth state.) and unsweetened iced tea.
Dinner will see pan fried chicken and greens with bacon fat and milk.
I’d like to work in a sweet potato pie, one of Barack’s favs, but I think
we’ll wait til the week end for that.
Happy Inauguration Day! and God Bless America! Blessed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Fantastic Black History Month of February! There, I think I got them all covered now.
*”See Your Food” is Valois’ motto or hook line.