As a continuation to my last post “One Weekend in Chicago” (which talks about the best attractions and places to visit in Chicago), this post is all about my favorite places to eat. The spots below were all recommended to me, and I really enjoyed all of them and believe they are worth visiting.
One of the most famous breakfast/brunch spots in Chicago, Wildberry has a variety of breakfast foods, specializing in pancakes, which are to die for. The only negative part was the waiting… reservations are not available (although you can put down your name via Yelp, which I learned about afterwards) and the line is very, very long. We waited a little over two hours until our table was ready, but the restaurant is in a prime location next to Millennium Park, so you can walk around and explore. The waiting was worth it since the food was so delicious.
Address: 130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
A cute and small donut shop with some breakfast sandwich options and a variety of different donuts. Some of the flavors they had available are: Candied Maple Bacon, Cheese Danish, Pistachio-Mayer Lemon and Michigan Apple Fritter. The store we went to was extremely small and had no tables inside, but the outside part had some benches.
Three locations available, check website: http://doritedonuts.com/
We didn’t have time to go there, but it’s actually a very popular place in Chicago. Everything looks delicious and I’m definitely going there once I go back.
Address: 189 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
*pic from Google
Au Cheval is a super famous burger spot in Chicago which, in only 6 months was considered the best burger in America from the Food Network. The menu is simple and short: double or regular burger, with the option of adding bacon and / or a fried egg.
The ambience is rustic and dimly lit. In fact, so dimly lit that it was tough to take good pictures lol. Now, let’s talk about the food: The hype about it is understandable: the meat is very tender and perfectly cooked, the bacon is thick and the egg puts the finishing touches. The “dijonnaise”, a mix of mayo and dijon mustard with lemon is just AMAZING.
Overall it was a great experience, and it’s definitely a MUST in Chicago if you’re a burger person. Just be ready to wait, a lot. No reservations are available and the place is always crowded. We got there on a Friday night (around 11pm) and we waited almost 1h30 to get in (one of the last tables before they close at 1AM).
Address: 800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
It’s a food haul with a famous hot dog, but not only this. You’ll find all kinds of American food, ice cream and drinks.
Many locations available: Check at https://www.portillos.com/index.html
*pic from Google
Chicago is famous for its deep dish pizza, and Giordano’s is the place to go. Even with its many chains around the city, Giordano’s is usually crowded with people who either love deep dish pizza, or want to try it for the first time.
First off, the pie is huge. The regular size comes with six slices and is more than enough to feed 3 people. There are a few different options to try, but we got the “Chicago Classic” which comes with pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and onions.
The pizza is delicious and even if you don’t like really thick pizza, it’s an experience. The store we ate at was located at the Navy Pier and our order took FOREVER! We waited more than an hour to eat (it typically takes about 40 minutes or so for them to cook the pizza), so you might be better off trying a different location.
Many locations available: https://www.giordanos.com/
Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
An upscale steakhouse with a nice ambiance and delicious food. The roasted bone marrow with caramelized onions is a different appetizer option with a surprisingly delicious taste. We also ordered the ribeye steak and some classic steakhouse sides. I highly recommend this place if you’re looking for a fancier place to have a nice dinner out.
Address: 218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
The brownie from the Palmer House
Many say that the brownie was invented at the Palmer House in 1893 for the Columbian Exposition World's Fair in Chicago. Either way, the brownie we tried at the Palmer House was absolutely delicious. Outside of the lobby of the hotel is a restaurant that serves breakfast/lunch/dinner as well as afternoon tea.
For more information: http://www.palmerhousehiltonhotel.com/
Address: 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
I hope you guys enjoyed my tips / reviews on these places. Comment below if you’ve ever been to one of these places and if you have any recommendations for my next trip to Chicago. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @eat_travel_andlove