And then an outstanding experience at Partage, in a parking lot among the many Asian restaurants along Spring Mountain Road. It’s a modern French restaurant in a space once an old Thai fish shack (I’m told). Still the corny mock-pagoda roof, but step in and it’s a striking conversion, beautiful light fittings, high ceiling, space between the tables, luxury chairs and banquettes.
The service is correct, formal, French. But no tablecloths, oh well.
Good sourcing: the local farm fresh peas with the turnip-wrapped ravioli of crayfish and lobster were not nonsense. Then tete de veau in a paper-thin wrap. A hanger-ish cut of Wagyu. French cheeses. A digestif trolley. Entirely potable French wines at $10 a glass and up.
Countless additional accents to those dishes, tweezery and compose (see Instagram). And a much lower check than Bazaar Meat of course.
And then, as I turn the pages, it sits next to a fully informed and angelically written review of a Sam Shepherd play by Hilton Als, which suggests (surprise) that their editors can’t see or don’t care about the chasm in quality between these pieces.
I may have up to four dinner opportunities in Chicago in June, although the number will probably dwindle. I liked The Girl and the Goat last year. Any suggestions welcome. Preferably within reach of downtown, although now I've succumbed to Uber/Lyft that's a larger radius than it used to be.
I thought this year's survey by Brett Martin was well-written and entertaining. You'd have to travel much more than I already do (and I don't want to) to know if the selection is good, but I enjoyed the division of the restaurants into three categories: Refuge, Resistance, and Derangement.
My previous memorable Orlando experience was Disney’s Victoria & Albert’s. Looking for non-Disney this time. Should have at least one dinner opportunity, although one night I am apparently seeing Lady Gaga.