Ian and I crammed so much into our three days in Chicago that I feel compelled to break it down into two posts: things we did and places we ate. The eating in Chicago was fantastic, thanks mostly to other people who arranged for incredible meals or made us delicious food themselves (we really hope you come to England so we can ply you with food and alcohol, too. Seriously.)
Here are the awesome places I ate in Chicago:
The Publican: shared plates with lots of meat and cheese (including an amazing goat cheese, although that was just one of many highlights). Plus one too many drinks…
Hannah’s Bretzel: sandwich shop in the Loop. Somehow, although its only two blocks from City Hall, I never made it there when I was working.
Magnolia Cupcakes: now available in Chicago. The whole place was saturated with the smell of cake, and it looked old-timey and was super cozy. I loved it.
The Girl and the Goat: the goat….omg the goat. Goat sausage pizza, goat empanadas, goat butter. Plus octopus and pig and bread and scallops and delicious stuff. The waitress was really shrill, so that was too bad, but it wouldn’t keep me from going back. The place is so popular that it was jammed at 10:30 pm on a Sunday.
* Some of the photos in the collage are from the internet, not my camera.
Magnolia Bakery is only a block from my office. Dangerously tempting. Glad you found so many delicious treats to eat while you were in Chicago!
yeah, I used to live next to Sweet cupcakes in Boston. It was dangerous, but there is nothing like a cupcake at the end of a bad day.
I’ve heard a lot about ‘Magnolia bakery’ and been always wondering if it’s worth crossing the atlantic to try one! 🙂 Please validate my thoughts!
Magnolia was wonderful, and I really haven’t found any good cupcakes (other than the ones I made tonight! *just gave myself a high five*) that are anywhere near as good. And it was so cute and well lit (critical in Chicago winter) and nice-smelling!
But if you do decide to cross the Atlantic, don’t stop there…let me know and I’ll send you loaded with a food itinerary that will leave you in a food coma. Or at least enough suggestions to make it a possibility.
I so badly would like to fall into a deep permanent food coma! I don’t know when will be the day but I will let you know for sure. Did you post your cupcake recipe on the blog? I’ve been looking for a five star recipe for cupcakes/muffins if you don’t mind sharing it with me! 🙂
Look out for a bonus Saturday post :). I got it from joyofbaking.com, though. And smittenkitchen always has amazing ideas. The internet is a magical wonderland.
Kay aka Babygirl said:
Each place just sounds wonderful. I’ve been wanting to go to Chicago for awhile now. I can’t wait to visit. And these photos are beautiful.. great post
thanks! and thanks for visiting 🙂