As a newb to the Chi-town scene every weekend feels like a new adventure. So far my main focus of exploration has been the food scene. Being from New York I am inherently one of those (annoying) people that is skeptical of other cities' culinary skillz however, I have been very impressed with what Chicago has to offer. Here is a breakdown of our hits and wish-list contenders so far:
Here are our recent Favs:
The Publican Although they are known for their protien dishes (which are absurdly good) order a lot of the veggie dishes- they are INSANE (bbq carrots, the beets, little gem salad… you will not be disappointed) If I could cook vegetables like this, I could easily go vegan or at least institute meatless mondays...
Pub Royal This place is tasty, cheap, and has a cool vibe not to mention a mile long beer list and great cocktails (with too much ice). It is an interesting cross-section of English Pub meets Indian food. Order the Gobi Manchurian and the Eggplant Curry.
Antique Taco Unbelievable tacos, order the garlic shrimp or the pork carnitas- they come two to an order and that is all you will need- they are not your typical tiny taco.
Lone Wolf Amazing spot on Randolph street for Cocktails. Perfect mix of irreverent, high end, and a dash of grunge. Coco’s cuz Cami recommended it and it is now our new favorite bar. Perfect for when you are on the wait list at one of Randolph street’s many culinary gems.
Schwa we went here for (one of) my 30th birthday celebration and had a fantastic time. All the reviews warn you that the decor is nothing to write home about- this. is. not. an. exaggeration. However the black walls and naked bulbs hanging from the ceiling showcase the fact that this restaurant doesn’t give a sh*t about decor or ambiance but they DO put a lot of care and creativity into their food. We were there for three hrs and it felt like one. Inventive, punk, BYOB. GO!
Girl and the Goat: We went here last weekend with G's parents and LOVED it. It definitely lives up to the hype, the service was excellent and the food was even better. We ordered a lot (maybe too much) but it was great to be able to sample a wide variety of what they have to offer. Favorites: seared diver scallops, roasted cauliflower, calamari bruschetta, goat empanadas, escargot dumplings, and crisp braised pork shank. Skip: wood grilled broccoli, unless you LOVE smoke flavor you will be overwhelmed by the level of smoke in this dish.
Hit List (and it just keeps growing)
Ruxbin Classic Chicago eatery that is still going strong
Fat Rice I have a feeling this is going to be our cheap eats destination this winter
Parachute I LOVE korean food and simply cannot wait to stop by parachute. Not only does the food look scrumptious but they also have a Michelin star... which is nice.
Alinea This is a once in a life time type of restaurant. I am thinking… 40th bday? Please stay open!