Grange Hall Burger Bar—Adorable Hipster BistroChicago Half Marathon) was Grange Hall Burger Bar on West Randolph Street. I loved this place! It had a perfect hipster vibe, and delicious locally sourced food and housemade condiments.
Cai—Real-Deal Dim Sum in Chinatown
Cai was the perfect food for a perfect day--it was our lunch after the half marathon where we probably each burned about 1300 calories. I'm adding it to my international list of dim sum places to rely on!
Big Star—Wicker Park's Coolest Tacos
Big Star. Choose from sit-down tables or walk-up window. We picked the huge & lively patio area on a busy Sunday night. We shared a large and excellent salad spiked with crunchy pumpkin seeds.
Micheladas in Bon Appetit so was eager to try one. And now I have.
Wormhole—Geek-Chic Koopa Troopa Cafe
The Wormhole Coffee on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park is a great spot where I stopped for a latte. Lunchboxes around the walls, life-size cutout of Han Solo, video game motif on the chalkboards. I think I spotted a Castle Greyskull nestled among the Chemexes and Bodums for sale. A delight.
Smith & Wollensky—Living the Good Life on the River
Smith & Wollensky and treat myself to a steak-y lunch. Here's the amount of bread they bring to one lady sitting on the patio.
Pops for Champagne—Wine Bar for Those With More
Pops for Champagne. Meet my second $13 drink of the day! It did hit the spot.
The appetizers were OK. My companion had Scottish Salmon and some lovely fries. I chose a vegetable Crostani thingy that turned out to be a blended dip of olives, peppers, artichokes, and ricotta salata. It was not great. This modest turnout plus 2 glasses of wine was the most expensive meal of the whole trip! And more power to them—if you're running a champagne bar off the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, you are within your rights to get the most for everything!
Do you like to dine out when you travel? Any Chicago favorites of your own to share?