My Chicago local food guide has been one of my most visited blog posts lately, you can find that list HERE. I felt like this was a good time to do a follow-up considering I’ve tried lots of new places since the first version was posted. You can also find a list of favorites from other Chicago locals HERE. Again, I’d love to know your thoughts if you do try any of them!
Margeaux Brasserie– This French-inspired gem is located inside the Waldorf Astoria in the gorgeous Gold Coast area. I stayed at the Waldorf in January (read about that experience HERE). Honestly, I didn’t expect much when Jorge and I went down for brunch, but when we got our food I was hooked.
The french toast was AMAZING and quickly became my second #1 next to the Banana Foster french toast from New Orlean’s Surrey’s Cafe (find that post HERE). Jorge had an Eggs Benedict on a croissant and said it was his favorite of all time as well (and he’s tried many). On Sunday’s they have a live band and the atmosphere is lovely. It is a bit pricey though, but worth it for the incredible food.
The Allis– For all you interior lovers, this is probably one of the prettiest restaurants in Chicago. It’s filled with velvet couches, chandeliers, and layouts worth photographing. The best part is the food isn’t far behind.
We recently visited for breakfast, which of course they place on pretty plates, and really liked our choices. J said his avocado toast was definitely a winner! The breakfast potatoes were some of the tastiest I’ve had. Both the Allis and Margeaux serve dinner and have full bars, I’ll have to try them one evening and report back.
Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club– One of the chefs from M.Henry (listed in my last post) left and started Bryn Mawr! The food is a similar American style but with its own flair. Lots of fancy french toast and pancake dishes to choose from along with other traditional options. The presentation of the food is fantastic and equally tasty.
For Dinner ($-$$):
Pleasant House Pub– I haven’t been to the U.K. yet to compare (I’ll know more in September) but Pleasant House has some of the best fish and chips in the city! The portion sizes are generous, and the fish is juicy and perfectly seasoned. They only serve this dish on Friday’s. They’re mainly known for their meat pies (shown below). J has liked every pie he’s tried. The restaurant is located in Pilsen, so you’ll get a chance to explore another part of Chicago.
Farmhouse Chicago– Love the facade at the FarmHouse! We stopped here for dinner during Restaurant Week and were pleasantly surprised with our dishes, farm to table kinda deal therefore the menu is usually seasonal. They also have a full bar and serve their own cider flight for $10! I’ve read that the brunch is also great.
Bonci– We were so excited when we learned Bonci’s was coming to Chicago all the way from Rome! They serve Roman-style Pizza al Taglio. All fresh ingredients, many options, cut into whatever size you’d like, and all the bomb dot com. We visited their original location back in 2013 because Jorge had seen it on one of Anthony Bourdain’s shows. Now we have 2 locations in our own city!
For Dinner ($$$):
3 Arts Club Cafe– Another posh restaurant located inside Restoration Hardware in the Gold Coast area. These interiors are up there with The Allis, every corner is photogenic. The food is delicious as well. We’ve tried the burger, lobster roll and turkey club, all amazing. It’s also a good spot to hang out on a rainy day since you can walk the many levels of Restoration Hardware. They also have a rooftop!
Formento’s– I visited this Italian restaurant for my birthday this year because I had an A la Card for it. If you live in Chicago, I highly recommend these cards! The pack comes with 52 different cards to well-rated restaurants all over the city for only $30. Each card gives you $10 off $25 or more. It’s a great way to learn about new places and try them with a little bit of a discount. Anyway, back to Formento’s and all their delectable Italian food. We lovedddd our dinner. We tried 3 different dishes and they were all so good, my favorite was the Bucatini (shown below).
Since it was my birthday they gave me a free slice of their chocolate cake and it was totally worth the calories (and bloat lol). They also have a small sandwich shop called Nonna’s connected to their restaurant where you can get quick bites to go. I haven’t tried it yet, but I will soon (with another A la Card deal).
For Dessert or Cocktails:
The Crepe Shop– I haven’t tried all the crepes in Chicago, but I guarantee these are the best ones! Just look at their reviews, I’m not the only one who thinks so. I tried their Wild Berry Cheesecake crepe and it sounds like it’d be too sweet, but it was perfect. J tried a savory ham and cheese crepe and liked it as well.
They have great looking lattes too! The shop is small, but the crowds move quickly. This was another place we tried because of A la Card, totally not sponsored by them I just really like their product.
Remedy– The drinks are good and the prices are better, my fave is the Owlington. If you go during happy hour everything is half off! If you have a car there’s plenty of parking available right on the street (don’t drink and drive). And there’s usually a good flow of people coming in and out so you’re highly likely to get a table right away (we always do).
That’s all I have to rave about for now! Hope these lists help for your next visit to the city.
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