Saw another old movie tonight at Sherwood, sponsored by the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance. It was Annie Get Your Gun. Afterwards, everyone was invited to Kroll's for a big spread--but my friends and I wanted to sit outside somewhere near 13th and Michigan and just have a snack. What a rude awakening to find that no one could seat us. A half hour wait at Zapatista. Only one waitress for the outdoor area at Opera and they didn't want to seat us outside and add to her burden. No seats available outside at Gioco. And no outdoor space exists at the newish Flo & Santos.
We didn't feel like venturing over to the patio at the Firehouse
at 14th and Michigan, or the the 11 City Diner
or to any of the Printers Row
restaurants. We forgot about Tapas Valencia
at 15th and State--and Grace O'Malley's
across from the Firehouse--but they both have just a few tables outside anyway and chances are they were filled, too.
Ma & I
on Wabash had no seats for us; although all their dining is inside, we were willing to make an exception because their huge windows are always fully open onto Wabash.
We ended up at Little Branch Cafe
at 13th and Prairie, a glassy upscale gourmet coffee place in one of the Museum Park
buildings. We ordered interesting salads inside--but then went and sat outside at the heavy square wooden tables and chairs facing the serene townhomes and buildings of Museum Park, the Metra tracks--and Jupiter in the distance. Fireworks popped at us from Monroe Harbor.
We lucked out because we got there three minutes before the kitchen closed!
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