Boy, do I miss cooking myself a meal.
After a few weeks of apartment searching, packing, traveling and unpacking I’m definitely ready to go grocery shopping, cook dinner in my kitchen and eat it in my new apartment.
I left Chicago over a week ago after residing there for just about 3 years. It is a wonderful city and was very good to me. Since my self professed expertise is in food, I felt it only fitting to have my “Farewell Chicago” post be proclaiming my love for my favorite spots. Please visit them if you get the chance. Multiple times if you know what is good for you.
Southport Grocery : Provides funky artisanal products, perfect red potato mash and my favorite cupcake.
Floriole Cafe and Bakery: Beautiful shabby chic bakery with killer quiches and they recently started Pizza Nights. T&C Photographie took some of our engagement pics here and we used it for our rehearsal brunch.
Falafill: Love getting classic and curry falafel and piling on the toppings from the mezza bar. I practically drink their tahini sauce.
Pastoral: Fancy, pleasant sandwiches when you want something with a bit more craft than your usual.
Butcher and Burger: Love this “create your burger” spot. I get the salmon with umami or the lentil burger with avocado and a runny egg on top.
Intelligentsia: THE coffee roaster in Chicago. They’ve recently opened a few more locations and I really love the Logan Square and Broadway shops.
Ch’ava Cafe: The best iced coffee in the city. Another good spot to work for a few hours and there is usually a delicious soup, sandwich and salad on the menu. Happy things happen here.
Caffe Streets: Wicker park spot with great coffee and a nice Chider.
Spacca Napoli: My favorite place to get pizza. Really fast and so very rich in the Neopolitan style.
Native Foods : Vegan chain where I can order anything on the entire menu. I kill their Lavender Lemonade.
uncommon ground: Such a solid place, either location. This is the place I recommend most often to guestes as the food is approachable Americana but turned up to 11. Please get the sweet potato fries with goat cheese fondue.
Antique Taco : Favorite fish taco and kale salad in the city inside a pretty rustic setting.
Tiny Lounge: Great neighborhood spot if you want something a step or two up from your regular places. Spot on risottos, flatbreads and drinks. Celebrate happy events here like engagements, raises, promotions etc.
Jeni’s Ice Cream: After paying $13 to purchase a pint at Whole Foods for years, you can now get as many scoops and varieties as you could ever wish for!
Glazed and Infused : So dangerous to live around the corner from this doughnut place. My favorite is the blueberry lemon double glazed. Kill me with sugar.
Margie’s Candies: Too many pints of chocolate peanut butter ice cream to count were purchased here. Under the Montrose Brown Line this spot is overflowing with ice cream, candies, pies and sweets of all sorts.
Billy Sunday: Funky drinks in Logan Square with really fun ingredients.
Barrelhouse Flat: Extensive menu, speakeasy vibe and they do things with Malort you never thought possible.
Violet Hour: Simple yet lavish cocktail lounge. Good for a dressed up evening.
Other favorite cocktail places discussed here.
Goodbye my cuisine friendly Chicago! I shall miss your food scene immensely and your idiotic weather not at all.