Before he was president-elect, before he was a sentor, before he got Barack rolled, he was a guy who knew good food. Check out this clip from the "long lost" episode of a local access show called Check Please!, reviewing local eateries. Obama was a guest reviewer for Chicago's Dixie Kitchen.
Although the episode didn't originally air (nobody a fan of peach cobbler?), now it's coming back just in time for inauguration:
"And though the 15-year-old restaurant didn't benefit from any free publicity years ago, it no doubt will wind up on the radar screen of a lot of restaurant patrons when the lost episode finally airs twice on WTTW on Jan. 16, again Jan. 18 and once more at 4 a.m. Jan. 20, the day Obama is sworn in as president"
If you're in the Chicago area, check out this little piece of history. And then maybe go have a corncake.
(Although Obama's talking about the Hyde Park Restaurant, I think I've been to the one in Evanston.)