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A Foodie’s Guide to Chicago

Ah, the Windy City.

Full of life and adventure, Chicago is an amazing city. It has so much to do, so much to see, but most importantly so much to eat. As an avid foodie, I am always looking for the best things to eat in a city. Chicago does not disappoint. Between deep dish pizza and the most amazing cupcakes, you will never go hungry here. Here’s what I found most delicious in the Windy City.

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Deep Dish Deliciousness

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Does it get any better than a huge slice of melty, gooey deep dish pizza? Chicago is the homeland of the deep dish, and let me tell you, it is amazing. There are many places that offer this yummy treat, but we chose to go to Giordanos. There are several locations around the city, so you’re never too far from delicious pizza. Because Rohan and I have vastly different tastes in pizza, we opted to get personal pizzas. It was still too much food!  Pro tip: I’d order a starter, especially if you’re really hungry. They make their pizzas to order so it can take up to 45 minutes for them to get to you. I recommend the mozzarella triangles. And yes, that pizza is worth the wait.

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GastroPub Goodness

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Our first night, we checked out a spot recommend to me, called Public House. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but color me surprised, this might have been my favorite meal in Chicago. Everything about this place impressed me. The food was fantastic, the staff was super nice and helpful, and it was a good atmosphere. This would be a great place to go with friends if you want a fun place, but somewhere that you can still hear each other. We took a corner table by the bar. We ordered hand cut fries, which come with 3 sauces (I recommend the smoked jalapeño aioli and white bbq definitely.) We also got carnitas tacos, which I forgot to take a photo of, but they were delish. Finally, we ordered the mac daddy of milkshakes. Called the Chocolate Porter Cake Shake, it is a milkshake made with chocolate ice cream and Boulder State Porter. It is then topped by a literal piece of chocolate cake. Incredible.

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City Center

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For breakfast, we met up with a friend of mine in the heart of the city. Located right next to The Wit Hotel, State/Lake is aptly named after the streets it corners. Guys, this place is so good. I ordered a traditional breakfast, because I was hungry and not feeling adventurous. But you know when you eat something familiar and simple, that’s done so well, it feels special? That’s how I’d describe the food here. The atmosphere is also really great. We actually went back after a day at Navy Pier, just to grab a few beers. I would definitely go again.

Cookie Cupcake Dream

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Molly’s Cupcakes is hands down the best cupcakery I have ever been to. The concept is so simple, yet so well-executed. Basically there are a range of cupcakes that are stuffed with one topping or another. After reading rave reviews, and having an addiction to sweets, I knew I had to try it out. I went for the Cookie Monster, which is a chocolate chip cookie inspired cupcake. It features a vanilla batter cupcake with choco chips, frosting and a mini cookie on top. The best part? It’s filled with chocolate chip cookie dough. I’ll let that one sink in. Rohan opted for a s’mores cupcake, feature a graham cracker cake (still don’t know how they did that), a marshmallow frosting, and filled with melty chocolate. Perfection.

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Donut Care About the Calories

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Fun fact: I am an absolute sucker for donuts. I want them, all day, everyday. So when I saw a pink, 50s vibe donut shop, I couldn’t help myself. Just as well, because I discovered not only just donuts…but a Nutella filled donut. I mean, really, does it get any better? Stan’s Donuts & Coffee features a myriad of delicious flavors, and truly good coffee. 10/10 would recommend, not just for breakfast, but anytime. Be warned: this place is small, and busy! Still worth it!

Breakfast with a Twist

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Spoke & Bird is one of those hidden gems that is not as well-known, but incredible. The prices are fair, the portions are huge, and most importantly, the food is fantastic. They put little twists on their classics, such as the bacon jam on my pancakes. It makes breakfast interesting again. They even have fresh squeezed juices every day. It was quiet and low-key, a really nice atmosphere for the mornings. The waitstaff was really helpful and friendly. Besides all that, this place is super Instagrammable, which is a nice bonus! Definitely check it out!

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Super Sushi

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Two of my favorite food groups are sushi and Mexican food. So when I discovered a place that combined them, I knew I had to try it out. Simply named Sushi Burrito, this place offers traditional sushi and sashimi bowls, but their stand out item is their sushi burrito. Essentially a giant sushi roll, the burrito is packed with yummy sushi staples like spicy tuna, crab salad, avocado, etc. It is so so good. It’s a super low-key, quick place to stop and grab a bite. There are currently three locations within Chicago, which means you’re never too far from a sushi burrito dream.

 

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Chicago totally stole my heart, and my stomach. This doesn’t even come close to all of the fantastic food spots the city has to offer, which just means I’ll have to go back and eat some more! Have you been to Chicago? Have you tried any of these places? What were your favorites, and are there any places I should try next time? Let me know in the comments below! As always, thanks for reading & stay golden!

XOXO,

thecaitycat

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