After a weekend in the Windy City, I learned that Chicago is an incredibly food-centric city with all types of cuisines, eateries, and bars. Before we visited, we made sure to do research on where we wanted to eat. As I’ve mentioned before, food was (and always is) a big priority so we wanted to make reservations and set our itinerary. Little did we know what we were getting into… There are an endless number of restaurants in Chicago and our list grew quickly.
First things first. I suggest planning dinner plans before anything else. This way you can design the rest of the evening around where and when you go to dinner. Then, make arrangements for breakfast. Since eating out for breakfast usually keeps me pretty full, I stay busy the rest of the day and skip lunch. This means missing out on some cool lunch spots, but you win some, you lose some!
Alluring, intimate, and delicious. Gilt Bar is a moody speakeasy, blend between a tavern and fine dining experience. Every dish served at this intimate, dimly lit restaurant is incredible. From the short rib ragu to the grilled chicken and asparagus, you can’t go wrong. And the portions are huge. Enjoy a long, relaxed dinner before checking out the old-timey photobooth downstairs.
Crowded, trendy, and inventive. This place is always packed with friends grabbing dinner, coworkers enjoying happy hour, or couples out on dates! Service and hospitality can be a hit or miss, but the food was tasty and very creative. My favorites were the green beans and the pork shank served with naan.
Now, back to the first meal of the day… I argue that it’s the most important, but it’s also a little easier to plan for so I’ve put it after dinner. There is an incredible selection of breakfast and brunch restaurants in Chicago. However, I have to say that one in particular stands out.
I think that the atrium speaks for itself. It’s beautifully decorated, as you’d expect since it’s in Restoration Hardware. I saw photos before arriving, but I was stunned. It’s definitely a hot spot for breakfast. We arrived right when it opened and there were already several parties ahead of us.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a delicious and leisurely breakfast, you’ve found it. I highly recommend the RH scramble with a side of smoked salmon and grapefruit juice. Their breakfast is classic and the ambience is wonderful. I could have spent the entire day there, drinking coffee and gazing at the chandeliers.