1. Jam 937 N. Damen Ave. *cash only
Reasoning- Ingredient sounds good. Rumored to be best breakfast in Chicago and apparently Rick Bayless likes it.
2. Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar 954 N. California Ave. *11-4pm Sun.
Reasoning- They use kombucha, the best drink ever discovered, in drinks. That alone is enough to bring me. They also have house-made bloody mary mix, rare ingredients, and an extensive beer & wine list.
3. Bite Cafe 1035 N. Western Ave.
Reasoning- Fair prices, great ingredients, and combinations. BYOB.
4. Marmalade- 1969 West Montrose Street
Reasoning- New spot with high ratings for brunch. Organic eggs make me feel safe and the eggs benedict looked wonderful.
5. City Provisions- 1818 west wilson chicago, IL 60640
Reasoning- Curiosity. Prices are not pretty.
6. Swim Cafe 1357 W. Chicago Ave.
7. The Wormhole Coffee 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Aloha Eats 2534 N Clark, Chicago
Reasoning- Vegan options and midwestern brew selection.
2. Sheffield’s 3258 North Sheffield Avenue
Reasoning- Awesome patio, excellent beer selection (many on tap), proximity to Wrigley Field, good crowd, vegetables on a bar menu earn points with me.
Verdict- Reasoning confirmed.
3. Jimmy Greens 825 South State Street
Reasoning- It’s casual and laid back, big open windows and new outdoor seating area. Big healthy salads with fresh fruit and vegetables. With more the 100 beers, 16 on tap, this is the best beer spot I’ve found.
Verdict- Reasoning confirmed. Friendly accomodating staff is an added plus.
4. Violet Hour
Reasoning- Alice in Wonderland feel with incredibly fresh and creative drink combinations. Fun change of scenery for grabbbing drinks and much more conducive to conversation.
Verdict- Reasoning confirmed. You may have to go early; they don’t allow it to be crowded.
5. Aviary 955 West Fulton Market
7. Uncommon Ground- 1214 West Grace Street, Chicago, Illinois
Reasoning- Creativity, unique style, “the scene”, and the lobster bites look delicious.
The Dining Room at Kendall College
Reasoning- Recommended in MICHELIN Guide Chicago Restaurants 2011. Committed to sustainability; first certified green restaurant. Seasonal, local ingredients. Reasonable prices.
Perennial- 1800 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
Province- 161 North Jefferson Street Chicago, IL 60661-2301
Maude’s Liquor Bar 840 W. Randolph
Reasoning- The food looks delicious (lots of fresh sea food options), it’s open until 2am. This place looks like it has an incredible ambiance with great lighting.
Torro 2546 N Clark St (between Deming Pl & Wrightwood Ave) Chicago, IL 60614
Reasoning- Heard it’s the best sushi. Sushi is a favorite of mine.
Bistronomic 840 N Wabash
Davanti Enoteca Taylor St.
Reasoning- Everyone seems to think it’s good and I haven’t discovered that yet. Plus it is in my ‘hood.
Verdict- How many times will I have to visit before I just admit that it’s not great.
Reasoning- I think this is one of the best deep dish spots in Chicago. I am slightly biased because of the fact that they offer organic whole wheat crust and they have a spinach salad (super food).
Verdict- All reasoning is confirmed. Order the spinach salad to curb the salivation. Then enjoy every thick, hot, gooey, chewy bite of whole wheat deep dish spinach pizza. It’s all the more satisfying knowing it is a nutritious indulgence. Your mind, body, and soul will feel nourished. Yeah it’s that good.
Roots Handmade Pizza
Reasoning- They have over 50 ingredients and let you make your own salads.
Tatsu Taylor St.
Reasoning- Excellent sushi, always super fresh, perfectly steamed broccoli as a side. Great prices! BYOB no corkage, except with champagne. Outside seating in bustling Little Italy serves for great people watching.
Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar
Reasoning- I love sushi. However, barbeque bar with sushi initially insighted: big turn off. Based on the website it looks hip, funky, and fun. Prices are reasonable. They do have outdoor seating which is rare for sushi. I’ll try almost anything once. Especially if it’s sushi.
Friendship Sushi Cafe Jackson Drive and Lake Michigan 200 E. Lakefront Drive
Reasoning- Lakefront location. Sushi. Sold. BYOB $10 corkage fee.
Verdict- Good, fast lake front sushi! I called and ordered it and told them I’d be there in 10 and it was ready, reasonably priced and they had yummy fortune cookies. Really good live jazz music too and I’m not even a big jazz fan. This made for a wonderfully enjoyable break from a bike rider for an outdoor afternoon meal.
Next 953 W Fulton St.