Hello Cornflake Dreams readers, my name is Shari and I blog over at The Daily Dish where you will find me rambling about food, fitness, fashion, city living, and my every day life. I have been lucky enough to live in the same city as Jillian and become not only blogger friends, but also IRL (in real life) friends. I have to say she is just as sweet, adorable, and down to earth in person as she is on this blog. We hit it off right from the start. Two of the things that Jillian and I both love to talk about are traveling and food, so when she asked me to guest post for her while she is out on vacation (so jealous by the way!), I thought what better than to combine our two loves into one post. What I have for you today is my guide to eating your way through Chicago. I've tried to incorporate a few different neighborhoods and cuisines as I feel like that is the best part of living in this amazing city, the ability to try any and everything your heart may desire. Enjoy!
One of the first restaurants that came to my mind was Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard's restaurant - Girl and the Goat. While this restaurant may be a bit on the pricey side, it was well worth it in my opinion. The food was great, and I have heard that on a normal night you can usually catch a glimpse of the famous chef (unfortunately she wasn't there the night I went). Pretty cool, right?
Restaurant: Girl & The Goat
Cuisine: New American
Neighborhood: West Loop
My review (photos included) can be found here.
While we are over on the west side of town, might as well suggest checking out Greek Town, one of my favorite little neighborhoods. I love Greek food, and the feel of this neighborhood is great. (Even the Walgreens has Greek letters on the side.) I have tried a couple of places, but so far my favorite is Greek Islands. This place is SO good, and reasonably priced. I believe it was even featured on the Travel Channel.
Restaurant: Greek Islands
Neighborhood: Greek Town
Italian is one of my favorite cuisines, so of course this wouldn't be a review without including one of the restaurants in Chicago's Little Italy. Small plates + a wine bar, I was sold from the minute I first heard about the restaurant Davanti Enoteca, and it did not disappoint.
Restaurant: Davanti Enoteca
Neighborhood: Little Italy/University Village
I have had the pleasure of taking Jillian to one of my favorite Cuban places in the city (which is also BYOB, gotta love that), Habana Libre. From a girl who grew up in South Florida, take my word for it, this place is awesome, and totally affordable.
Restaurant: Habana Libre
Neighborhood: Noble Square
Sticking with the Spanish type cuisine, let's get to my Mexican pick. Another BYOB, affordable spot. The only catch, you may have to drive/take a cab to this one.
French food is another one of my favorite cuisines, and this place I found is a hidden gem. Inside of a Streeterville apartment building, you seriously would never know it's there, but you should. The food is fantastic.
Restaurant: Le Petit Paris
My full review can be found here.
And of course, I couldn't leave you without giving you one of my favorite Chicago deep dish spots. I have tried quite a few sine moving here, and I have to say my favorite hands down is Lou Malnati's. It's fantastic!
Restaurant: Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Cuisine: Pizza, pizza, & more pizza.
Neighborhood: Multiple locations around Chicago.
That about wraps up my list for you. I hope you enjoyed it (and that you're still reading). I also hope I have convinced you to come and explore this fabulous city that Jillian and I call home. Fore more of my very own Chicago restaurant reviews, feel free to check out my restaurant page. A special thanks to Jillian for asking me to guest post today, I hope you are having an amazing time on your trip!