Firstly Johnson, The Zhush is featuring my Fabulous Fall Finds today and you should go over and check them out, Fall is my favorite season and as a recent fall bride I pretty much consider myself an Autumn Expert and you all should too.
It’s been awhile since I did any posts on the Chicago dining scene. Mostly because of the pre-wedding diet and a general lack of eating that caused.
Let’s just say that my post-wedding-diet? Not going great. I have fallen victim to some bad influences. Places like:
I really did not need another delicious bakery in such close proximity to my house. Sweet Mandy B’s was dangerous threat enough, so when Floriole opened just down the street one month before we moved in to Clifford, The Big Red House I KNEW it was the FATs out to get me. Started by a Chicago baker who had gathered a huge following at her bi-weekly farmers market stand, Floriole is a delicious, adorable french bakery/coffee shop serving a few fresh made sammies, croissants, pastries, MACAROONS, and other tasty morsels. They also sell wine and have free wi-fi, which is nice. You can find me there pretty much daily.
Burger bar. Will blow your mind all over your face. Truffle fries, sweet potato fries, fried pickles…all of this is delicious. But order yourself a #11 Burger if you really want your belly rocked. Lamb burger with feta, olive tapenade, greek salad, tzatziki. Opa! Pete likes some double decker situation I can’t even look in the eyeball, and we both enjoy the selection of ice cold beerz.
Pete took me here for dinner last night, and my mind is still blown. It is a super casual, super cheap, korean taco bar and I shit you not when I say it was the best dumpling that has ever graced my lips. Like a cloud of pork heaven. Apparently the recipe has been passed down over 100 years, and I can say they are a billion years of delicious. Pete and I got 8 tacos (two of each: pork, steak, chicken, shrimps), pork belly fries, and 8 dumplings for $30 bones. And people say I am not frugal. Surely you jest. Next time we go, which I predict will be very soon, this meat sandwich and I will stop flirting and become full-on lovers.Don’t even try and stop me.
So here is my question for you, dear readers.
I have people email me quite often asking for Chicago travel tips, and I am toying with the idea of incorporating a button in the left column over there that will link to my Chicago dining and city guide. I am pretty much going to talk about food/eating no matter what you say because I love it and since I can’t eat it all the time sometimes it helps just to remember the food and talk about it and relive each joyful bite. So don’t tell me not to talk about food because I will virtually give you the stinkeye. The kind of feedback I would find very useful is as such:
How many of you reading are from Chicago? Would this [a compiled dining/city guide] be something you would enjoy? Do y’all have any favorite restaurants that you would like to be able to share?