Let me tell you a little bit about Chicago: The city is all about deep dish and hot dogs. On night #1 in the city, I went to Pequod’s Pizza and scarfed down a belly full of deep dish. And then I immediately regretted it. The cheese, bread, and salt wall took over my body and I felt terrible. I’m not used to eating such heavy food, so the rest of the weekend I set out to taste other foods Chicago had to offer- snobby foodie style.
This city has the trifecta of food. Good food, good coffee, good cocktails. A dangerous combination… for my belly.
The Blanchard – Brunch
Gorgeous bar. Gorgeous patio. Gorgeous food. You can pick between light and heavy brunch options (I like having the option). Each dish has a unique twist, the food is local, and the menu changes seasonally. Definitely get the bottomless Yuzu mimosas.
Dark Matter Coffee – … Coffee
The people here melt my heart. They have SUCH a passion for what they do.
So Next is one of those restaurants I used to make fun of for the “hoity toity-ness. The restaurant changes its theme every 6 weeks, which is something I would consider gimmicky. Since Next is a part of the Alinea restaurant group (Michelin starred restaurant), I decided to give it a go. When I went, the theme was Hollywood. The presentation and the service was some of the best I’ve ever seen. Like everything- EVERYTHING was perfectly executed. It was not my favorite meal with regards to food, but definitely the most memorable. Despite the hefty price tag, I left the restaurant SUPER full.
LOOK at these beauties. The cocktails here are some of the BEST cocktails I have ever had. Everything here is carefully crafted to perfection (watch the video & you’ll see).
Bad Hunter- Vegetarian Friendly Dinner
The way this restaurant cooks their veggies is SO innovative and delicious. This is where you go when you feel a little bit guilty about all the deep dish you ate, but still want really good food.
Chicago is such a diverse city with excellent food. Do you have any other non-deep dish Chicago suggestions? Let us know!
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