Day #204: The Skids – “Out of Town”
While in Chicago this weekend, Tom and I decided that dinner in Chinatown was an imperative. They are usually the best places to eat if you’re looking for something other than the standard fare. We had stopped to laugh at the oblivious white tourists in rice paddy hats when we noticed Lao Hunan.
It’s one of Tony Hu’s restaurants, which didn’t mean anything to me at first because I don’t care who’s doing the cooking as long as the food tastes good, but after doing a little research on the place, it turns out he has a string of restaurants in Chinatown, each focusing on a different region of Chinese cooking (i.e. Szechuan-style, Beijing, etc.). From what I can tell, Tony Hu likes to cater to younger crowds, which makes sense since they seem to spend money rather freely. He opened a rather pretentious-looking addition to the family of restaurants before the Hunan, and there seemed to be some speculation about what he had in mind for the next one. Lao Hunan is a theme restaurant. And the theme is Communism.
No, seriously. See?
Chairman Mao is committed to serving people… their food.
Servers don the stain-resistant uniform of the Red Army.
The menus are like red, hardcover books ala
Mao’s Little Red Book). This is the Take Out Menu.
The motif may pique a diner’s interest, but it doesn’t overtake.
Did I mention that the food was awesome? ‘Cause it was.
The meal ended with chocolate fortune cookies!
“Welcome the change coming into your life.”
How did they know we were going to break a bill?!!