Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Chicago French Market @ 131 North Clinton

Today I ventured out to the French Market in the West Loop.  I've passed by it several times, but never went inside.  When I walked in, my jaw dropped; I was taken to a different world.  How had I never been here before?  It reminded me of the St. Lawrence Market in Ontario and of course, the markets in France. Everything looked fresh and clean and gourmet.  Some of the big name vendors include: Da Lobsta, Saigon Sisters. Lillie's Q, Pastoral, Vanille Patisserie, and Little Goat Bread--eateries that have bigger sit-down locations throughout the city.  I walked up and down the aisles past the enticing units selling sushi, Korean, hot dogs, crepes, pastries, and even fresh produce.  I finally decided on the Little Goat Bread for lunch since I have yet to visit "Top Chef" Stephanie Izard's Girl & The Goat.  (She just got married last weekend and had Cheez-Its, strawberry Nesquik, and bacon buttercream frosting in her wedding cake!)  Anyway, I ordered the shrimp sandwich, which includes avocado, pickled peppers, onion cream cheese and masa chips, on a potato bun.  They surely didn't skimp on the shrimp, and the masa chips added the crunch similar to crunchy spider rolls you would enjoy at a sushi bar.  The bread bun was very soft like King's Hawaiian dinner rolls.
The offerings here are understandably limited and different compared to Little Goat, across from the original Girl & The Goat.  Little Goat Bread has successfully made me urgently curious about Izard's other Goats.

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