9.29.2011

{guest post} - the daily dish.

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?

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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. 

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Restaurant: Greek Islands
Cuisine: Greek
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.

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Restaurant: Davanti Enoteca
Cuisine: Italian
Neighborhood: Little Italy/University Village
My review can be found here.

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.

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Restaurant: Habana Libre
Cuisine: Cuban
Neighborhood: Noble Square
My review can be found here.

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.

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Restaurant: DeColores
Cuisine: Mexican
Neighborhood: Pilsen
My review can be found here.

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. 

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Restaurant: Le Petit Paris
Cuisine: French
Neighborhood: Streeterville
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!

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Cuisine: Pizza, pizza, & more pizza.
Neighborhood: Multiple locations around Chicago.
My review can be found here.

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! 

xo,
shari from the daily dish

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20 comments:

  1. Thanks again for having me! Can't wait to catch up when you're back. :)

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  2. I love Chicago! I'll have to remember these great recommendations the next time I visit.

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  3. Oooh I'm definitely going to remember these recs the next time that I'm in the Windy City

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  4. I'm seriously bookmarking this post for when I go to Chicago! Now I know where I'm eating :)

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  5. this post is totally making me hungry girl!!

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  7. Fantastic guest post! I'd love to go to all these places!

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  8. OH I am SO jealous you live in Chicago, purely for the food aspect! Love discovering new restaurants and food. Yum yum! Thanks for the links to your reviews!

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  9. Good picks ~ I like the tip on Habana Libre ~ will have to check it out!

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  10. Those are such a great recommendations! I totally adore Chicago:) Kisses

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  11. I have never eaten at any of these fine dining establishments!! Can you believe that?!

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  12. Thanks for sharing such great restaurants, as I always love to try new places when we visit Chicago. Heading over to check out The Daily Dish :)

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  13. I have so much fun when I go to Chicago! These places look great! I'll be checking out your blog :)

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  14. Nice to meet you :)

    I'm Greek, so Greek food (and Mexican) is my favorite!!!

    xo.

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  15. yayyy my two loves in one place!!!! <3

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  16. What a fabulous guide! I will definitely be consulting it on my next Chicago trip. Thanks for sharing!!! xoxoxo brynn

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  17. I have been dying to visit Chicago... now I have a list of great eateries when I finally get there! First stop.. the italian restaurant then off for deep dish pizza! xo

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  18. i am in chicago too and love al these places, although i am not aware of petite paris, but will have to try!

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  19. I love learning new places to bookmark on where to eat!

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  20. Great reviews! I've been dying to try Girl and the Goat. I think I might go there next time I'm in Chicago. Love your blog too!

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