Andrew Zimmern Loves Paradise Pup, Can't Stand SushiSamba Rio
Professional shock-eater Andrew Zimmern was in Chicago recently, and had "some great food, some of the best in recent memory." Specifically, he's referring to Des Plains' Paradise Pup (1724 S. River Rd., Des Plaines, 847 699 8590), which he calls "the perfect Chicago hot-dog and burger joint."
But then... well, then he visits SushiSamba Rio:
On a more sour note I finally got dragged to Sushi Samba, an outrage if ever there was one. This popular Brazilian sushi bar is a knock off of my pal Nobu Matsuhisa’s famous eateries right down to the tiradito and shishito peppers, but every plate at SS is overwrought, lacks freshness and tastes almost pre-plated. Ceviches are over-marinated, sauces are too garlicky or lack any finesse at all and the presentations are clunky. Tempura is greasy and cloying. The chef sent several little freebies to our table which was very kind and much appreciated but for the first time in my life I tasted flavorless foie gras! Even the spoiled stuff has flavor. Oy vey. Skip this place if anyone ever mentions it as a dining option. Chicago has dozens of great sushi joints, I encourage you to frequent them.
And also, just feeling the need to point this out here, "the chef sent some freebies over." This can't possibly be because Andrew Zimmern has a recognizable face, because HE APPEARS ON TELEVISION, now can it?