Destination: Chicago (part 2)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013



Later this month we will be taking a trip back to Chicago and, while we'll only be there a few days, there are so many spots I want to revisit. I've had quite a few people contact me about my favorite spots in the Windy City, so I've compiled a short list of my recommendations. (If you missed Part 1 check it out here)


Beer
Revolution Brewery: Decent food, excellent beer.  Tyler highly recommends any of their stouts.
Piece Pizza: Excellent hefeweizen & dunkelweizen.  If you eat in expect a long wait.  Great place to watch sports games.  Sundays they have a special for a pizza and growler of beer for $25 (take out only)

Burgers

Burgers, beer & bourbon at Owen & Engine

Bad Apple: You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.  Every burger is spectacular and their draft list is a mile long.  Also....those truffle fries... just do it.
Kuma's: Wait times are typically an hour long so call ahead and don't attempt to eat there.  These are gourmet burgers for super cheap so go out of your comfort zone and try something new (Cholula Lemon Vinaigrette burger, please.)
Owen and Engine: This isn't a burger joint, but Tyler insisted it be added due to their Tuesday special: a beer, a shot of bourbon, and a burger for $15.  Can't beat that.

Pizza

First taste of Chicago pizza at Giordano's

Giordano's: I may get some hate mail for this one.  Every Chicagoan has their preference between Gio's Lou Malnati's and Gino's East.  Gio's was our favorite because their crust tastes like a legit pie crust.  The 25 pounds of cheese on each pizza doesn't hurt either.
Pequods: Much lesser known than the aforementioned three, pequods is a little different than traditional deep dish.  Thicker crust, less cheese, cooked in cast iron.

Cheap Eats 
Ribs N Bibs: A true taste of the south side.  Bucket of rib tips, anyone?
Big Star Taco: Hip, cheap, delicious, airy.  As with most places in Wicker Park, expect a long wait.

Coffee

Typical Saturday morning at Ipsento

Intelligentsia: Chicago is the birthplace of this coffee snob's Mecca.
Ipsento: This was often my Saturday morning hangout.  Cozy, cute, and offers really unique drinks.  My favorites are the Cardamom Rose Latte and the Ipsento (with coconut milk and cayenne pepper). Also some of the friendliest baristas around.

Dessert
Bang Bang Pie: Great homemade pie and biscuits in an uber trendy shop.  Their coffee is also pretty fantastic.

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