Whenever we travel, my number one priority is food (Bryan is all about the local sports teams and local beers). I love to eat and I really love trying new restaurants, so I’m all about filling our itinerary with delicious food and recommendations from locals. A lot of my choices came from one of favorite writers, Shauna Niequist, as well as friends and Pinterest (of course!). We ate some really, really good food while we were there. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Quartino. Y’ALL. I can’t even. Our dinner at Quartino was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Italian tapas that were to die for (not to mention one of the best desserts I’ve ever had). My favorites were the penne alla vodka, calamari, and zeppole with dark chocolate. The pizza was also delicious. If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, make a reservation and thank me later. Seriously, I’m planning another trip just so I can have dinner there again.
2. Bistro Campagne. This was another Shauna recommendation. It’s a darling, cozy french restaurant that’s elegant without being too pricey. It’s a little out of the way from the main action downtown, but totally worth the trip. I had the steak frites, and Bryan has the croque monsieur (both of which were delicious), but the best thing we ate was the pot-de-creme. Just fantastic.
3. Little Goat. I super loved Little Goat. The Little Goat is a diner-style restaurant that manages to feel both cozy and very special at the same time. It has a really fun atmosphere, and the smoked fries were heavenly. Trust me. Order them.
4. Pizza Capri. This our first food stop in Chicago, so we had to get deep dish pizza. This place didn’t really have an authentic Chicago pizza parlor vibe, but I thought the food was really good. I usually don’t like deep dish pizza because I’m not a huge fan of sauce, but this one was almost all cheese and toppings with a thin layer of sauce on top. Delicious. A word to the wise: a small is PLENTY for two people!
5. Shake Shack. This burger spot is a chain in big cities (and super casual), but there was a line out the door and you had to fight for a table. For good reason, too. The burgers were SO good (especially with the special Shack sauce), and the shakes were delicious, too. Bryan and I both said we weren’t that hungry, so we decided to split a burger. That was a mistake. I wanted my own, so I’m probably going to have to go back!
6. Cheesie’s. Our friend Aislinn introduced to this fun little grilled cheese shop. If you love a good grilled cheese, you will love this place. I had a grilled cheese made with homemade macaroni and cheese on Texas toast. Bryan had the Napolean, which had cheddar, blue cheese, tater tots, hot sauce, and bacon (his was better). This was the perfect end to our Chicago food tour!