As I mentioned previously in this space, Hyde Park's newest restaurant - The Big Easy - has already gone through some growing pains in its first month. Despite the drama, I'm featuring it on ABC 7 today at 11 a.m. While some dishes were just so-so (Who dat serving up the po-boy?) and the popular jambalaya is awkwardly stuffed into a pan-fried chicken breast, the etoufee had a nice, slow burn and the gumbo was rock-solid. Still, I had those dishes under the tenure of Jennifer Gavin, who has since left the building, so not really sure how her successor has been faring this week. Stay tuned.
The next few days are nuts. Mardi Gras festivities will be concurrent with paczki-gulping Poles, while Chinatown gears up for a New Year's celebration Sunday afternoon, about the same time significant others will be judging how committed their significant others are, finagling Valentine's Day reservations. Strange days, indeed.