Salad roundup

I love salads. We’re getting out of salad weather here in Chicago, but I thought I’d post a bunch of them anyway. Maybe you’ll get some ideas for your own salads.

Caprese salad with farmers market tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and fresh mozerella.

Caprese salad with farmers market tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and fresh mozzarella.

Potato arugula salad with mustard dressing.

Potato arugula salad with mustard dressing.

Another caprese salad, with cherry tomatoes.

Another caprese salad, with cherry tomatoes.

Chicken salad with mayo, dried cranberries, and walnuts.

Chicken salad with mayo, dried cranberries, and walnuts.

Salad with various home grown lettuces, tomatoes, and chives.

Salad with various home grown lettuces, tomatoes, and chives.

Salad with home grown lettuce, cherry and grape tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Salad with home grown lettuce, cherry and grape tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Tossed Greek salad with tomatoes, feta, olives, cucumbers, and dried herbs.

Tossed Greek salad with tomatoes, feta, olives, cucumbers, and dried herbs.

Home grown salad fixins.

Home grown salad fixins.

Tossed salad with tomatoes, bell peppers, and parm.

Tossed salad with tomatoes, bell peppers, and parm.

Home grown cherry tomatoes, feta with olive oil and herbs, and bell peppers with lettuce.

Home grown cherry tomatoes, feta with olive oil and herbs, and bell peppers with lettuce.

Salad with corn, tomatoes, black beans, and parm.

Salad with corn, tomatoes, black beans, and parm.

Butter lettuce with olives, feta, white beans, and a fried egg.

Butter lettuce with olives, feta, white beans, and a fried egg.

Garden fresh salad

Garden fresh salad.

Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers.

Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers.

Lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, chicken and blue cheese dressing.

Lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, chicken and blue cheese dressing.

Lettuce, green beans, and parm.

Lettuce, green beans, and parm.

Caprese salad.

Caprese salad.

Pasta salad with arugula, tomatoes, white beans, corn, and chicken.

Pasta salad with arugula, tomatoes, white beans, corn, and chicken.

 

 

So much amazing food in Chicago

Some of you might have noticed that we like to eat. For a lot of people, eating is something they do to stay alive. They call it a necessity.

But for us, eating is a hobby.

Lucky for us, Chicago has a few places to indulge us. We’ve been pretty busy, and we’ll talk about some more of these in greater detail later, but for now, here’s a list of some of this city’s amazing food offerings we’ve enjoyed:

  • Uncle Sammy’s: Our first night in Chicago, we were having a horrible time finding a place to park a UHaul truck. At about midnight, we finally found a place and were walking home when we stumbled onto this gem. The Pilgrim is a very fine sandwich.
  • Kitchen Sink: Good, simple sandwiches.
  • Floriole: Adrienne loved it. I thought it was only OK. Quiche, apparently, is to die for.
  • Pasta Bowl: Delicious and affordable pasta.
  • Tzatziki Grill: Excellent Greek place that also has a pretty solid Italian Beef sandwich.
  • Margie’s Candies: It’s like time travel at Margie’s. Egg-salad sandwich and the Terrapin Sundae: Recommended.
  • Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria: Our favorite pizza in Chicago so far. Pizza in Chicago is like barbecue in other towns: Everyone has a very strong opinion. We loved Lou’s, but we’re still open to trying others.
  • Lito’s Empanadas: Delicious — and cheap. For $2.50, one of these little guys is great for a snack. Get two, and it’s lunch.
  • Del Seoul: Weird little Asian dumplings that are oddly addictive.
  • Paciugo: Gelato. Can’t go wrong with gelato.
  • Pret a Manger: This is Target’s cafe. Yes, I know. Why eat out at Target? But you see, here in Chicago, even going to Target is a dining experience.
  • Brown’s Chicken: Fried chicken place in one of the downtown pedways. Scenery wasn’t great, but loved the biscuits and mashed potatoes.
  • Bobtail Ice Cream: An almost-overwhelming amount of goodness.
  • The Edge: Cake!
  • The Grove: More time travel. Open-face turkey or meatloaf sandwich, with bottomless coffee.
  • Red Hen Bread: Tip: Get the day-old stuff for a little less money (same deliciousness, though).
  • Taco Joint: Best Mexican so far in Chicago. Lebanese Pork Taco: must have (available only on Thursdays).
  • Chicago’s Dog House: Our favorite dog place in Chicago so far. Good choices, good service, good prices.
  • Clark Street Dog:  Got caught in a storm and waited it out in here with a couple of dogs and a couple of beers. There are worse places to end up when it’s raining.
  • Red Hot Ranch: Our first hot dogs in Chicago. Our first experience with french fries on a hot dog. Interesting.
  • Big Star: Gourmet tacos. Service was only OK, but the decor was great. After Taco Joint, though, hard to compare.
  • Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse: Best service of any of the restaurants we’ve been to. A shoutout to our server, who happens to be a Lincoln Park neighbor! Desserts are insane. And tall. You’ll need to share. Oh, and also: $$$
  • Filini: Ultra-modern, ultra-hip dining at the signature downtown building Aqua. Sotto Bosco pizza was impressive. As was the Carciofini spinach dip.
  • Rosebud: Best Italian so far in Chicago. Two must-tries: Penne Bolognese and their Cavatelli Alla Rosebud.
  • Toast: Great service. Outstanding breakfast burrito.
  • Stella’s: Delightful breakfast options.
  • The Bourgeois Pig Cafe: Carrot cake!
  • Goose Island Brewpub: We didn’t eat here, but for some great local brews, it’s worth a try.
  • Dunlays on Clark: $5 Cheeseburger special = delicious.
  • The Burwood Tap: One of the oldest continuously operating bars in Chicago. Really good free food Mondays through Thursdays (my fave was the chicken).
  • Smoque: Been having a hard time finding some barbecue out here, but this was fantastic.
  • Pizzeria Due: After a too-long wait at Malnati’s, we ended up here. Not quite as good as Lou Malnati’s, but if LMs is a 10, Pizzeria Due is a 9. Very good.
  • Portillo’s: Iconic. Worth it for the atmosphere. Still, Chicago’s Dog House wins out.
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Grilled Chicken Mediterranean is a fine, fine sandwich.
  • Matisse: Did not expect deliciousness when we ordered the Reuben Potstickers. We were pleasantly surprised.
  • Do-Rite Donuts: You’ll find lots of Dunkin’ Donuts here, but few local places. These guys do donuts right.
  • Wow Bao: Quirky little place with neat little fluffy dumplings. A must-try.
  • Devil Dawgs: It’s worthwhile to try all of Chicago’s hot dogs.

So much food in this town — how do people here ever get anything done?

Sundaes, treats, floats. Plenty of tasty options at Margie's Candies.

 

If you're after treats, Bobtail is also an excellent choice.

 

What's this? A hot dog? Yes, I guess so. Underneath the french fries, anyway. Interesting technique, Red Hot Ranch.

 

The S'mores cake at The Edge. Cake did not last long.

 

The best Chicago hot dogs, in our opinion. Chicago's Dog House.

 

A very full meal at Smoque BBQ: Chicken, mac & cheese, baked beans, and cole slaw.

 

Carrot Cake! At the Bourgeois Pig.

 

We don't only take pictures of food. We are also capital-A Artists. Or, maybe this is the view after we'd eaten too much and had to lay on the floor. Hard to say.

 

 

Oinkety Fave: Paravicini’s

Paravicini’s always wins all the prizes for the best Italian food in Colorado Springs. It’s delicious! I recently took the photos for their website and one of my best friends, Janel, works there. But I’m not biased, I’ve been going there forever as you can see by these camera phone pics!

Delicious house salad with fancy bread. And of course a glass of wine!

Delicious house salad with fancy bread. And of course a glass of wine!

Fresh bruschetta at Paravicini's.

Fresh bruschetta at Paravicini's.

Penne pasta lunch special

Penne pasta lunch special

Spaghetti lunch special

Spaghetti lunch special

 

The best cannoli in town!

The best cannoli in town!

Special seasonal pumpkin tiramisu

Special seasonal pumpkin tiramisu.

The bar at Paravicini's Colorado Springs

The bar at Paravicini's Colorado Springs

Chef Franco also conducts cooking classes at the restaurant.

Chef Franco also conducts cooking classes at the restaurant.

Caprese salad, my fave!

Caprese salad, my fave!

Antipasto Plate

Antipasto Plate

Tortellini Carbonara

Tortellini Carbonara

Prettier picture of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs.

Prettier picture of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs.

Calamari plate

Calamari plate

Excellent tiramisu- everyone's favorite!

Excellent tiramisu- everyone's favorite!

An art shot I took for the website

An art shot I took for the website

Let's end this post with a cappucino

Let's end this post with a cappucino

Oinkety fave: La Baguette French Bistro, Colorado Springs

Every time I go to one of the La Baguette locations I say it’s my favorite. The downtown one was the first I went to, then I went to the one in Old Colorado City, and finally, we went to the one on Chestnut St.

The Chestnut St. location is open for dinner. It’s a really authentic French Bistro. But unlike a lot of French restaurants, it’s super affordable.

Cute French decor at La Baguette

Cute French decor at La Baguette

I had a Pastis, a very French licorice flavored drink, at La Baguette

I had a Pastis, a very French licorice flavored drink, at La Baguette

 

We’ve actually been there a couple times. Once for lunch and one for dinner. It was delightful both times.

Crocque Madame sandwich with fries for lunch. Ham, cheese, and a fried egg on delicious bread.

Crocque Madame sandwich with fries for lunch. Ham, cheese, and a fried egg on delicious bread.

Another view of the Crocque Madame.

Another view of the Crocque Madame.

The special steak lunch entree.

The special steak lunch entree.

When we went for dinner I had this awesome salad.

When we went for dinner I had this awesome salad.

 

Mike had the Boeuf Bourguignon, which he said was fabulous

Mike had the Boeuf Bourguignon, which he said was fabulous.

Mike's mom had the special veggie rice entree.

Mike's mom had the special veggie orzo entree.

For dessert we had a creamy cheesecake.

For dessert we had a creamy cheesecake.

And the cream puff, which was a delicious as it looks.

And the cream puff, which was a delicious as it looks.

 

La Baguette French Bistro is a great place for an authentic but affordable French meal with great service and fabulous food right in Colorado Springs. Check it out! Let us know what you think.

 

Oinkety fave: Montague’s Parlour Colorado Springs

Montague’s Parlour at 1019 South Tejon Street deserves its own post because it is so charming and has the best cake in the city, maybe even in the state. Plus they have really good hours and stay open late most days.

The decor is full-on granny old lady tea parlour, which I didn’t like at first, but it eventually grew on me. Think mismatched antique tables and chairs and vintage china.

Linda, Tori, and Mike at Montague's Parlour

Linda, Tori, and Mike at Montague's Parlour

They serve lots of different soups, salads, sandwiches and daily quiches. They have a decent vegetarian selection and breakfast on the weekends.

Cream of Broccoli soup at Montague's Parlour

Cream of Broccoli soup at Montague's Parlour

Pot pie and chili from Montegue's Parlour

Pot pie and chili from Montague's Parlour

Delicious turkey on croissant at Montague's Parlour

Delicious turkey on croissant at Montague's Parlour

These are the best cakes in the state!

These are the best cakes in the state!

The most fabulous coconut cake- you have to try this cake

The most fabulous coconut cake — you have to try this cake. This particular cake is the best cake on earth.

They also have breakfast pastries like croissants, scones, danish, etc.

They also have breakfast pastries like croissants, scones, danishes, etc.

Lots of different drinks, too. This is an Italian cream soda.

Lots of different drinks, too. This is an Italian cream soda.

Many many different kinds of tea, both hot and iced.

Many many different kinds of tea, both hot and iced.

Assorted espressos, teas, and snacks. Something for everyone at Montague's.

Assorted espressos, teas, and snacks. Something for everyone at Montague's.

If you haven’t been to Montague’s, you should go. You’ll like it.