Hyde Park's Caribbean-focused Calypso Cafe, along with the now defunct New Orleans-inspired Dixie Kitchen, is a favorite of the First Family. They recently added some of the more popular dishes from Dixie Kitchen's menu—which just happened to be the President's faves—including peach cobbler, fried green tomatoes and the Southern Sampler (Jambalaya, gumbo, red beans & rice).
Italian Fiesta, in South Shore, had the honor of serving its thin-crust pizzas at the inauguration. This is the way a pizza's supposed to be: indulgently greasy and bursting with flavor from hearty toppings. Obama's guilty pleasure is the cheese-only pizza.
He's fit as a fiddle and his waistline is trim and slim, but we love that he's not afraid of chowing down on an occasional sandwich loaded down with mounds of corned beef. He caused quite a scene when he ordered several, and paid cash, at Manny's Deli right after the election.
Table Fifty-Two's known for its sophisticated spin on Southern cuisine. We hear another Obama weakness is shrimp 'n' grits, so for certain he's had to have sampled Art Smith's [a regular NRA Show Celebrity Book Signings participant] succulent appetizer that comes with three jumbo prawns drenched perfectly in BBQ sauce and laid over creamy, buttery grits.
And the Mexican-influenced Topolobampo, the fancier counterpart to the adjacent Frontera Grill [NRA Show Celebrity Book Signings & Culinary Scenecooking demo. fan favorite Rick Bayless, award-winning chef/restaurateur, cookbook author, and host of Mexico—One Plate at a Time on PBS, owns and operates both hot dining spots], is where the Obamas go for a romantic night out. The Prez digs Sopa Azteca, a pasilla chile-accented tortilla soup with roasted chicken.
Save the date for NRA Show 2010, May 22-25, 2010, at Chicago's McCormick Place. Attending the NRA Show is a great way to discover what makes President Obama's hometown Chicago the ultimate dining destination for every taste, budget and mood.
Note: Re-posted with permission by 312DD.