Little Goat

Stephanie Izzard’s first restaurant, Girl & The Goat, is probably one of the hottest tickets in town since it opened in 2010.  Reservations are still hard to come by and sometimes can’t be snagged even months in advance.  I dined here some time ago and was very pleased with my meal here, though I feel…

Grace

Grace came highly recommended by Buff Bear, who has been living in Chicago for the past 2 years.  He said it was better than Alinea.  Dems strong words there Buff Bear!  So of course I had to try the place out, on my now third visit to Chicago.  Triple F never heard of the place,…

The Purple Pig

I can’t express how much I love this place.  My first visit with Ho Bag left an indelible impression on me.  It simply is everything I love in food, flavor that packs a punch, no frills, great ingredients, and a strong focus on charcuterie.  I normally don’t go to a restaurant twice, but I wanted…

Girl & The Goat

I don’t think any other restaurant has as much hype as this place.  I don’t think any other restaurant has as crazy a waitlist as this place either!  Yelpers say you need to snag a reservation at least 2-3 months in advance, which is what I managed to.  Buff Bear, now a Chicago resident, said…

Next: Kyoto

Our last trip to Chicago was really highlighted by some of the most delicious food I’ve eaten in a long time.  This trip back was no exception.  Alinea was probably the stand out restaurant last time for its sheer creativity.  It’s sister restaurant, Next, managed to wow us again.  Now if you haven’t heard, both…

Portillo’s

So on my last trip to Chicago, the city’s famous hot dogs and pizza didn’t make it to eating itinerary.  I’m proud to say that despite having every meal planned, I still managed to fit in a tasting of Portillo’s and Lou Malnati’s. I really wanted to try Hot Doug’s or Franks ‘n Dawgs but…

Alinea

Alinea is a place that, to most food aficionados, needs no introduction.  As of the 2012 Chicago Micheline Guide, it is the ONLY restaurant to garner 3 stars.  As of today, its number 7 on San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant List, only trumped by places like Noma and Per Se.  It is known for its modern twist on classic…

Molly’s Cupcakes

Everyone knows I’m a sucker for sweets.  If you didn’t know that, you do now.  Lately I’ve been on an ice cream binge, but I’ll only eat the good stuff, the artisanal stuff, hand made, small batches, interesting flavors.  Unfortunately, Chicago didn’t have anything like that.  They most popular ice cream shop is some parlor/diner…

Del Seoul

Almost all the Chicago restaurants I tried were recommended to me by various friends and family.  Del Seoul was a place I found on Yelp.  It looked pretty delicious and reminiscent of Kogi.  It was a bit far from our hotel but we cabbed it pretty easily.  Seriously, we spent so much in cab fare…

The Purple Pig

It’s been a long time since I last met up with Ho Bag for some grubbin’.  After all these years, she’s still one of the funnest people to hang out with.  Now that she’s become quite the foodie, we can really bond.  As sad as it is to say, you simply cannot be my friend…

Xoco

With 5 restaurants, including 1 at O’Hare International Airport and the Macy’s flagship store off the Magnificent Mile, in addition to the title of “Top Chef Master,” Rick Bayless is a Chicago based chef with quite the empire on his hands.  Who knew a guy from the Midwest could master Mexican cuisine and elevate it to…

The Publican

So after our disappointing dinner at Blackbird, we tried to scale it down a notch and take on some more casual fare at Publican.  I only just found out now that they are restaurants from the same chef, Paul Kahan.  I was surprised to find this out since the food could not have been more…