Well, it looks like I'm forced to discuss this long before the dates I had in mind. And by my own child. How like a serpent's tooth...
Okay, as long as I'm in this position I might as well reveal my thoughts. First off, the tour I have in mind would involve a majority of outdoor eating which would put us into the warmer months; June, July, or August. The stops I'm pitching are (in no particular order at this point) Hagen's Fish Market (suggested by Brad Olson) for smoked and fried fish, Nhu Lan (suggested by MilwFoodlovers) for banh mi, the Puerto Rican and Cuban street food carts located in Humboldt Park, Delicias Mexicanas for Sonoran hot dogs (recently written about in several reviews here at Roadfood. The places discussed here were all in the Southwest U.S.. Delicias Mexicanas is located right down on 26th Street!), and finally, a return trip to La Palapa for Mexican seafood.
A visit to Burt's as part of any tour is a bad idea for a number of reasons. First, ordering a pizza at Burt's is like making an appointment. You're expected to show up 15 minutes early so you can be seated and situated with drinks, apps, salads, etc. When you order a pizza from Burt's for a specific time, that pizza will be on the table at that time whether you're sitting there or not. Given that our tours have a very loose timetable, a prompt arrival at Burt's is not realistic.
Secondly, Burt's is a very small restaurant with limited seating. Their goal is to serve as many customers per night as possible. As such, they want to hustle you in and hustle you out as quickly as they can. This is not a place where a group of our size can linger and enjoy each other's company.
If we really wany to schedule a night at Burt's we should just do it as a stand alone event. Further, we should look toward a summer date when we can utilize the outdoor beer garden with out taking up valuable seating inside. If the group is serious about visiting Burt's we should pick a date. I'll coordinate the pre-order and make all necessary arrangements. But this should be a one stop trip (okay, maybe a dessert stop afterward) so we can be there on time and enjoy the pizza at its optimum temperature and quality.
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