| Bob O'Brien
| Sep 5 | food
I worked for the Chicago Claim Company restaurant, which was a remarkably well-thought-out and executed premium hamburger restaurant, way back in the late 70′s and early 80′s. It was packed every night and was part of the vanguard of casual restaurants that created the idea that going to a restaurant and drinking while you waited for your table was a perfectly reasonable thing to do. And while you were waiting you and your party could, in addition to drinking complicated and sweet blender drinks (the bane of every bartender's existence…a kind of existential punishment for having such a cool job), order "shareable" appetizers. Before nachos, there was fried zucchini with barbecue sauce on the side, and these appetizers, along with all their...