I wasn’t sure what to expect when I set forth to conquer some tasty eats in Chicago. I knew Deep Dish was “the thing” and that Hot Dogs were a very Chicago thing to try… Awkwardly enough, I didn’t experience either.
I tried to experience Deep Dish on my last night there… but was extremely disappointed. I ordered a personal size pizza and it was the same quality of Pizza Hut. I was quickly told that I shouldn’t base my perception of Chicago Deep Dish on the one pizza experience. So we will wipe that from my memory. It was dreadful.
My favorite sip from the trip (ahhh see what I did there??) was the Strawberry Blondie from Tavern on Rush. It was incredible. For a girl who is very picky with alcohol, I give 2 giant thumbs up. I could drink these all day and night. Now if only I can find someone in Dallas who makes the same drink…
While exploring Navy Pier I decided to stop by a touristy bar and have a drink. Not much beats people watching, especially in a tourist spot. Helllllo people from polar opposite walks of life. Not to mention the bar had some 90s/early 00s jams playing. I may or may not have been caught singing along to SK8TER BOI. I’ll plead the fifth here. .. Back to what’s important! The drink. Frozen Vodka Strawberry Lemonade. Yum. All of the drinks on the menu had a poolside vibe. I can dig it. If I wasn’t exploring the city I could have sat on the patio overlooking the water and sipped on frozen beverages all day.
Changing gears a bit, check out this delicious cupcake from Chicago Cupcake. LIKE DAMN. It’s a cheesecake-esque cupcake. What does that mean exactly? Good question, glad you asked! Basically the cupcake had a TO-DIE-FOR crust on the bottom, and the gooey-ness of cheesecake. I opted for the Peanut Butter Cup… and I would do it again. I overheard a couple discussing one that was pure chocolate and how insanely tasty it was. I’m more of a combo-flavor than single-flavor-overload type of girl, so I feel I made the best choice for my taste buds. I would do it again.
I had a pretty decent Italian Sausage Sandwich. It had a much fancier name, but that’s all I recall at the moment. It had green peppers, red peppers, a tiny bit of onion and obviously a sausage, on a pretty tasty bun. It was good. Nothing to call home about though. It was a local dive (or so I assumed) on State Street called The Bar Below. Would I go back? Sure. Would I be insanely jealous if someone went there without me? Nah.
Not normally one to flip over for breakfast foods… but this was delish. Shoutout to ArgoTea for not having any frozen beverages to satisfy my craving though.. I’m willing to forgive this menu exclusion considering how much my mouth watered before, during and after eating this amazing Chocolate Croissant… and water.
The atmosphere of Rockit Burger was perfection. Very hip. Incredibly trendy. It was a great place to enjoy a great meal with the boss-men. I may have sang the praises of the Sweet Potato Fries the entire afternoon. The Rockit Cheeseburger was yummy, too! And let me be frank here, I normally don’t like Mac N Cheese… but the Buffalo Macaroni was melt in your mouth amazing. Try it! Try it ALL! And bring me fries… 🙂
I can’t wait to head back to Chicago and give Deep Dish another shot! And continue to find great local joints around the city. Any suggestions? Let me know!