Gluten what? The first thing I noticed about Chicago is that no one had ever heard of gluten free or they may just not have understood my Canadian accent! Either way if you have some really serious gluten issues you may want to do some advance study- I had been eating clean and was fine to indulge….and indulge I did! Thank heavens for the jogging culture or I would never have fit into my pants by the end of the weekend!
We had breakfast at Rosebud twice and we were really impressed with the gigantic fluffy omelets as well as the incredible service. We ate at Sunny Side Up one morning, I suggest going on a weekday as the line up on the weekend was long long long. We loved our breakfast at Sunny Side Up and the ambiance of the place and the service made for a great experience. One morning we went to the Hershey’s store for breakfast- yup- that happened and it was great! I also discovered Argo Tea, right down the street from our hotel with a cozy fireplace and great service.. I enjoyed my after morning run relaxation at the Argo.
We kept planning to go out for a fancy wonderful evening meal; however, long days of walking munching and perhaps drinking…well you know how it is on holiday! So where did we munch? Well we found the patio at the Terzo Piano to have an incredible beverage menu as well spectacular views of the park. We spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon on the sofa enjoying the views and the drinks. Another place we fell in love with was The Soupbox, 12 fresh soups made daily gluten free, vegan and vegetarian choices as well as broth and cream choices. It was the perfect snack after exploring the city. Finally we did have to do the tourist thing and eat Chicago style pizza. We had to go fairly late in order to avoid the lengthy wait in line and even then we waited about 15 minutes. We went to Gino’s East of Chicago and I will admit it simply didn’t meet my expectations. The service was horrible and the pizza- well maybe deep dish just isn’t my style. Still, it was worth the experience and glad we have the tale to tell!
We did time our hunger just right one night and fate brought us to New Rebozo. We were just strolling along the street starting to plan what we might like to eat and we saw a quaint little place with outdoor seating all lit up with fairy lights and it just looked perfect. When we decided to investigate further we were greeted by a server who began to tell us about the restaurant and the menu. The server noted that we were very lucky as the chef was in this evening and had some great treats lined up. We were already sold but to seal the deal the chef came out and told us all about his restaurant and passion for food—we were sooooo excited! What an amazing night, the atmosphere, the service and Chef Paco- what an amazing man. So passionate about food and preparation and most importantly- taste and enjoyment!! You will see a pic of us on his Facebook page and my review…it truly was an outstanding memory we will always savor.
The other amazing food and beverage experience we had was due to my friend Lisa. Lisa and I struggle through highs and lows of doctoral study together and she knew just where to take some adventurous and thirsty travelers! Longman and Eagle– seriously if there is one place that you cab to- make it this place. The ride is nice you see some of the sites outside of downtown and then you drink. You drink some of the best whiskey drinks going- they have 148 available (they also have a 6 room hotel above that you may need to consider). Oh and the food – wow! It changes a lot and reads like a love story.
Finally I must admit we did spend an exorbitant amount of time at Caffe Oliva. Located at Ohio Street Beach it sits on the beach so you have a view of the beach activity and a lovely view of the waterfront and city. The bartender is outstanding and I may have sampled most of the drink menu. The mojito was killer and the blended daiquiri was a dream! The other thing I love about Chicago is that everyone drinks bubbly! So you can find Prosecco on every menu and I think that is a great way to enjoy an afternoon!!
Chicago truly was a wonderful eating adventure and I know we didn’t even hit the famous places or the up and coming chefs so a culinary redo of Chicago may be in our future….