If you’re in the mood for an afternoon cocktail, stroll to the far end of Eat Street and pop into Rainbow Chinese, a three-decades running gem owned and operated by the one and only Tammy Wong. If you’re still hungry, nibble on the best chicken and chive dumplings in town, or some crisp, 5-spice calamari along with a refreshing Hibiscus Martini or Mango Margarita. If Tammy is in the house, be sure and say hello. She’s not just a local, but a national treasure, and a dear friend of mine. She’ll be yours too, in short order.
Next head over to the nearby Midtown Global Market, where an afternoon’s worth of strolling, snacking, sipping, and shopping await. The market lives up to its global name, and is home to restaurants from Morocco, Mexico, and Somalia to name only a few worldly attractions. This is a great place to get some shopping done, whether you’re looking for African art or Norwegian pastries.
On the way back, take East Lake Street and hit up some of our best Mexican offerings for dinner, which happen to be out of the taco trucks lining the thoroughfare of this bustling Mexican enclave. My two favorites include Que Chula es Puebla, selling huge Cemitas, a Pueblan specialty sandwich bursting with fried meat cutlets, cheese, chiles and avocados; or Tacos El Primo, consistently my favorite tacos in town at unbeatable prices. The scene in the parking lot alone is worth the price of admission.