Maxwell Street Market & Table, Donkey & Stick
Trip Start May 16, 2013
6Trip End May 25, 2013
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I heard chef Rick Bayless, owner of Topolobampo where I had dinner last night and a number of other well-known Mexican restaurants, say he goes to the Maxwell Street Market for menu ideas. I decided to go check it out. I drove over, parked nearby and walked to one end of the market. I started walking through looking at the booths. I was expecting a bunch of food booths but instead I found more typical flea market offerings. I kept walking and eventually found a section with food booths.
Most of the food booths only had Spanish menus displayed. I kept wandering around and found a few with English menus. I eventually picked one and ordered a huitlacoche quesadilla. I waited until my number was called out and got my food. I took a bite and didn't taste any huitlacoche. I took another bite and tasted beef. I opened up my quesadilla. There was definitely beef and no huitlacoche. I went back to where I had bought it. At first the person who took my order told me that I had not asked for a huitlacoche quesadilla. He said I had asked for something else that I was sure I hadn't ordered since I couldn't even pronounce it. He eventually had them make me a huitlacoche quesadilla.
The huitlacoche quesadilla was good and not something I frequently see at the Mexican restaurants I frequent, which more often than not is a Taco Bell or Del Taco. I picked out another booth and got another quesadilla. This time it was a mushroom quesadilla. It was good too. I got a third but I've forgotten what it was. I had a couple aqua frias. They were both from booths that didn't have English menus and I don't know what flavor they were but they were tasty. By then I was getting full and my parking meter was nearly expired so I left.
I was having dinner with a friend from Chicago. He had heard good things about a relatively new restaurant called Table, Donkey & Stick so we were going to give it a try. Their menu is relatively small and there aren't many vegetarian items. We shared a couple cheese plates and I ordered the only vegetarian entree. The dinner was fine but I'm sure we could have come up with a better choice.