Welcome to the sophomore edition of 20 Questions, this time featuring our Chicago scout Anthony Todd. Anthony is many things, from an environmentalist to a cocktail enthusiast, but most of all, he appears to be something of an insomniac. Between juggling law school, being the food and drink editor of the Chicagoist and penning the New & Notables for Citysearch, we can’t imagine this guy sleeps too much. He did do us the favor of taking a minute out of his impossibly busy schedule to answer our questions though, so cheers to that.
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Name: Anthony Todd
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square
Day Job: J.D./Ph.D. Candidate at Northwestern University School of Law
Night Job: Food and Drink Editor, Chicagoist.com
Chicago Resident for: 9 years.
Favorite Chicagoan living or dead, real or fictional? Jane Addams, the famous progressive activist and founder of hull house. Yup, I’m a nerd.
What’s the best meal you’ve had in town? A three-hour long romantic, snow-covered masterpiece at El Ideas in 2011. Tied with a memorable birthday dinner at North Pond in 2008.
Favorite Bar? Sable Kitchen and Bar
What’s your drink? Dirty Martini, gin only please. Up, blue cheese olives, North Shore #11 Gin.
What’s your favorite thing in your house? Where did you get it? My first edition copy of Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drink from 1946, which I got at a dusty used book store. It’s signed by the Trader himself!
How much is too much to spend on dinner? If it’s more than $100/person, it had better be extraordinary, memorable and beautiful.
What’s your least favorite thing about Chicago? The fact that the entire north side goes into paralyzed apoplexy whenever a certain losing baseball team happens to be playing.
What is your mortal enemy? Televisions in bars. I want to bring a BB gun to about 8/9 of the bars in Chicago and have my way.
Spring or Fall? Fall
Deep sea or outer space? Outer Space
Soup or Salad? Salad – a perfectly crafted, traditional caesar salad is one of my favorite indulgences.
Element of another city you would incorporate into Chitown? Streetcars! We used to have them, and now we need them again. Calling Portland, please!
What’s your favorite vegetable that most people hate? I am completely addicted to cauliflower. When I’m depressed and down, I eat it by the handful, covered with oil and garlic.