I thought it a good thing that we walked so much on this vacation because I ate so much! Chicago has no shortage of good eats- from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to desserts and spirits- there’s something delicious for all times of day. Here are just a few of the places where we dined on this trip.
Desserts and more:
Firecakes Donuts- Four locations in Chicago and Oak Park– If you love donuts and ice cream, this is the place for you. Firecakes specialized in artisan coffees and donut ice cream sandwiches. There are classic donuts and seasonal selections to from which to chose, from classics such as old fashioned glaze and sprinkled to fancy flavors like pistachio and Valrhona Chocolate Espresso Cream. I tried a churro donut with Tahitian vanilla ice cream and a caramel-bourbon drizzle, and it was divine.
LaBodega- 355 N Clark St, Chicago– Described as an “upscale convenience store with imported foods and liquor,” their specialty is churros. There is an amazing selection of churros to choose from with various toppings such as Oreo cookies, cereals, and drizzles. I enjoyed a ginormous soft serve in a churro cone covered in cheesecake bites and crushed Oreo cookies and sprinkled with edible unicorn glitter.
You don’t go to Chicago without trying two Chicago classics- the Chicago dog and Chicago deep dish pizza. Here are two places perfect for lunch or dinner.
Portillo’s- multiple locations in Chicago– Portillo’s is a Chicago-based chain that serves up a selection of hot dogs, Italian-style sandwiches, and burgers. If you want something a bit lighter, they have a selection of salads and pasta as well. I went for a portabella sandwich, and it was probably the best portabella I’ve ever had. The husband had a Chicago dog, of course, and we split an order of cheese fries. It was a yummy and restful lunch in the calm of the Windy City as my phone was buzzing with reports of earthquakes back home in California.
Giordano’s- multiple locations– This is another Chicago favorite great for a casual lunch or dinner. Giordano’s is best known for its deep dish pizzas. They also serve pasta and other classic Italian food, along with beer and wine. We went for lunch and the deep dish was delicious and the service was fantastic. If you can’t make it out to Chicago, we were amused to find that they do deliver via ground or FedEx Express.
There’s no shortage of bars in various themes in the city. We walked to an American Irish pub after “Hamilton” ended around 11 pm. There are also the many rooftop and riverside bars one can run into to enjoy a drink or a good happy hour. The husband found a really cool one on a work trip a couple years ago, so he took me on this jaunt.
Three Dots and a Dash- 435 N Clark St– This bar is described as a tiki speakeasy in Chicago’s River North. I was a bit apprehensive as I descended the stairs below Clark Street, especially since the husband made no mention of where we were actually going. It was worth it. The setting reminded me of a place we had visited in Hawaii, but darker. The drink menu was a lot of fun, with exotic-sounding cocktails such as Strip and Go Naked and Kuikawa. I had the Camp Anawanna, which made me think of an alcoholic s’more. The rum menu was extensive, but that would be an experience for another time. They also serve small plates and pu-pu platters. For a special event, there is an area that can be rented out.
These are just some of the delicious dining to be had in Chicago, from Chicago dogs to the famous Chicago-style pizza. In addition, one can find just about any type of food in the city, so there truly is something for everyone. Here’s to some good eats- and drinks. Cheers!