This past weekend, Matt and I made a road trip to attend a family wedding in Chicago, which I can honestly say is one of our favourite cities to visit. Our first time there was last year, and we absolutely loved it! The architecture is amazing (the Chicago Architecture Foundation‘s boat tour of the Chicago River is a MUST), and there is so much good food! Because we did all the touristy stuff last year, this trip was just about hanging out and getting some good eats.
Where We Ate: The Highlights
For those of you who’ve read this post, this was definitely a “food splurge” type of weekend. I did have my BP monitor with me during this trip, and we’ve been back to eating healthier meals this week!
We finally made it this time! We were a bit tired when we got there because it was a long wait (after a half day at work and an 8+ hour drive to Chicago), but it was definitely worth it! We sat at the bar where we could see the three chefs in action, which was a lot of fun. The food was divine—for those of you from TO, it’s Black Hoof-esque, but more comfort food—and our server was really friendly. She recommended a few places for us to try, including GT Fish & Oyster (see below), which was awesome!
Seafood for brunch is amazing! We had the smoked whitefish quiche, crab benedict, and biscuits & lobster gravy. That sounds really heavy, but the dishes were surprisingly light, and there were plenty of veggies. I also loved the décor inside the restaurant! We got to dine on the little patio… happiness.
Chicago is known for its deep-dish pizza, which is pretty great, but this time, we decided to try thin-crust pizza. Based on one of the recommendations on the bride and groom, we hit up a restaurant near our hotel. The cracked organic egg pizza was really yummy!
We headed back to the meat packing district for our final meal in Chicago, and Publican Quality Meats did not disappoint! It’s really homey and cozy inside—I loved the big communal tables and the cute place settings. I’d definitely recommend the charcuterie plate, and their sandwiches were really good (Matt’s PQM’S Combo Beef was pretty amazing)! The servers were also all really nice… Chicago is a friendly city!
I’m not usually a huge fan of donuts because I find them too sweet (I’m really boring, and I like the plain donuts—no sprinkles, no icing, no glaze—at Tims), but I do occasionally enjoy them, and the one we had at Glazed & Infused was actually very good. Who can say no to crunchy PB&J?
While I miss Chicago already, it’s nice to be back home, and tomorrow, we’ve scheduled a Fine-Dining (In) Friday! Matt and I are going to break out the newest addition to our kitchen, which we purchased in Chicago. So exciting! More about that tomorrow 🙂