food in the loop.
One of the perks of my full-time job is that I get to travel pretty often during the summer for events. I was able to visit Chicago for the first time and the one word I would pick to describe the city is - AMAZING. During my down time I went to check out some of the city's food staples (of course..because..greedy) and popular landmarks.
Being a huge foodie, I was determined to try these 3 major "must have" chicago food items - a deep dish pizza, chicago dog and an italian beef sandwich.
My first day there our Uber driver recommended Lou Malnati's to my coworker and I and honestly it was probably the best deep dish that I have had ever in life - haha. It just tasted so fresh (not exaggerating!). I got pepperoni as a topping and made sure I got the famous "butter crust" and it was delicious. My co-worker and I also shared some appetizers - wings & calamari (not pictured) - both were very good!
Side note: I was a server at Uno's Chicago Grill for 8 months of my life and ate more deep dish than I should have and let's just say their pizza is nowhere even close to being as good as this!
On the last full day, I went a little overboard and got the chicago dog and Italian beef from Portillo's and I have ZERO regrets! It was so so good! An employee of Portillo's got me to fill out the customer satisfaction survey so that I could get a free slice of chocolate cake (not pictured) so I did that & the cake was very yummy!
The final stop on my food tour was for DONUTS! As I explored the city, I noticed there were several cool donut shops around so I thought why not?! After a thorough investigation on Yelp, I decided to try - Firecakes and I am so glad I did! I really love anything vanilla so I opted for the Vanilla Iced (light and simple) and though it sounds so plain jane, it was sooo delicious! I was very tempted to try that Maple Glazed Pineapple and Bacon (girl listen...) but my stomach was beyond capacity after having a hot dog AND the italian beef for dinner, I had to chill. I could barely walk and my food coma was loading...
This ends my food tour of Chicago - though it was short and sweet, I'll be back in Chi-town soon with a very empty stomach. If you ever visit Chicago, please visit these places! You will not be disappointed!
Q: Has anyone been to any of these spots? What restaurants do you recommend in the Chi?