I didn't end up getting to go to the nearest Trader Vic's in Chicago during President's Day weekend like I had wished (though I did have a perfectly charming meal that Sunday at Blue Hill at Stone Barns). Sometimes dreams just don't come true.
Until I saw these magical words Trader Vic's to resume U.S., foreign expansion. Sweet Jesus! Ah, but still no deal. The east coast appears to be left out of this brilliant plan with locations slated for decided hotspots like, er, Bellevue, Washington and Qatar. Neither of which are on my must-visit list.
Those "European-inflected signature creations," like the elusive crab Rangoon, are just going to have to wait until I can make it to the Northwest (likely) or Middle East (not so much).