Recess also serves a great lunch.
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?
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.
We’ve actually been there a couple times. Once for lunch and one for dinner. It was delightful both times.
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.
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.
They serve lots of different soups, salads, sandwiches and daily quiches. They have a decent vegetarian selection and breakfast on the weekends.
If you haven’t been to Montague’s, you should go. You’ll like it.
We got so busy in the last few months we were in Colorado Springs that we didn’t have time to do very many posts. So I’m going to do a few Colorado wrap-up posts in the next few weeks before embarking on full force Chicago entries.
These are some of our favorite restaurants in The Springs. Give them a try if you haven’t been.
Detz Cafe: (not sure what’s going on with the pictures on this website, they’re for sure not of their food):
So there you have it, the first of my Colorado Springs wrap-up posts. Be sure to visit these places and let me know what you think!