Before heading to Chicago, just about everyone I know had Chicago tips for me. While there were some tips about sights I needed to be sure to see, most of them were about the food. Everyone mentioned how much they loved the food in Chicago. Of course, that was wonderful news.
They were right! Here are some highlights…
Garrett is the epitome of gourmet popcorn. When I was first told about a popcorn shop, I didn’t think it sounded very appetizing. I’ve had gourmet popcorn before – that stale kind that comes in tins around the holidays. Ehhh, I wasn’t sure I would be impressed. I was wrong. Garrett’s popcorn is delicious. I had the Chicago mix – half cheese popcorn and half caramel – both so fresh they were warm.
We couldn’t wait to get it home to try it. We opened it on the bus and sneakily ate some so the bus driver wouldn’t catch us.
After the visit to Oak Park, we headed back into the city for dinner at the Hop Leaf.
This place is GIANT and sold every kind of beer one can think of. Their menu is very unique, combining interesting flavors.
I decided on the CB&J which is a grown up PB&J that came with stilton mac and cheese.
Up until that night I had never tried frozen custard. It is like ice cream, but with more eggs in it. Apparently it’s a Midwest thing. We headed to Scooters after dinner.
I had the chocolate. It was very creamy and very rich.
After the river cruise, we wandered around the city and stopped into Vosges Haut Chocolat – a high end chocolate company based in Chicago.
They are known for mixing different flavors in their chocolate like bacon, peppercorns, chilies and other herbs and spices.
I bought some peanut butter bon bons and a small box of mixed truffles home with me. The bon bons are gone…the truffles are being savored.
On my last night in Chicago I FINALLY got to try deep dish pizza at Giordano’s.We ordered a salad to share and our pizza with pepperoni. Deep dish takes almost an hour to cook, so we ate our salad while we waited, and waited.
It was well worth the wait – so cheesy and so saucy.
My mouth is watering as I write this. It was SO good. Unfortunately, after the weekend’s debauchery, I was only able to eat about three-fourths of a slice. I wanted more, but just couldn’t do it. Since then, I’ve been dreaming about this pizza. I’m going to have to try to make this at home some time.