What I Ate in Chicago {part two}

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If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, I reviewed some breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots that are totally worth adding to you itinerary!
If you're planning a trip to Chicago, I reviewed some breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots that are totally worth adding to you itinerary!  | Persnickety Plates

This post is going to be a little lame because I didn’t take many pictures of the food I ate. That happens when you’re excited to eat.

A little side note –  if you ever need to rent a car, try Hotwire. The last road trip I took I checked AAA first, which I assumed was cheapest at like $45/day. Then my cousin told me to try Hotwire. It’s like $13/day. Big difference. You have to pick it up from the airport, so that’s a little inconvenient, but it’s worth it, I think.

First off, we got delivery from Duck Walk. We got three dishes and split them – Cashew Chicken, Lemongrass Chicken and Pad Thai with Crispy Chicken. It was the best Thai I’ve ever had, I think because I took a break from the usual Thai Fried Rice I typically get.

After dinner, we took a cab (how great is Uber?!) to Alive One. We didn’t eat here, just had some drinks, but it was a fun bar.

When we got home, we ordered pizza from Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder. My half of the pizza had basil & sun dried tomatoes and was really good. When I asked on Facebook what your favorite places to eat in Chicago were, this place got recommended for their Pizza Pot Pies, but I didn’t even realize that’s where we were eating until after. Oops!

Saturday we took the train downtown for some shopping then stopped at Grand Lux Cafe for lunch. They have a huge menu with a lot of options that looked great, but I picked the Chopped Salad (grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, blue cheese, egg & greens tossed in a vinaigrette) which they describe as “small” but it was enormous and I was only able to eat half. They also have a bakery and the “make your own cupcakes” looked awesome, but we skipped them.

After more shopping (and a nap), we headed to dinner at Kan Zaman for some Middle Eastern food. It’s a fun restaurant where you have to take your shoes off and sit at a couch/booth. It’s also BYOB, which I didn’t know was popular in Chicago. We started with the Vegetarian Combo (hummus, tabouleh, baba ghannouj, falafel, dolma, feta cheese and olives). Sometimes falafel are dry, but theirs was great. Then my friend and I split the Shish Tawook dinner. The rice, chicken and lentil soup were also really good. After dinner we hung around until 9:30 when the belly dancer started performing. She was great and I am very envious of her stomach/abs. I don’t think my stomach/hips know how to move like that.

chicago, kan zaman, belly dancer

After dinner, we went over to the bar that’s at the top of the Hancock Building. Going up 95 floors in an elevator makes your ears pop. But the view is amazing, especially from the women’s bathroom. I hear it’s great in the summer when there’s fireworks. At $15+ per drink, we only had one then headed home.

Chicago, Hancock building, Signature Room, skyline
hanging glasses & the crazy view

Sunday morning we went to brunch at Nookies. I had the B.E.S.T. Sandwich (bacon, fried egg, spinach & tomato on a croissant with chipotle aioli). I was sad that I got full after half the sandwich because it was really good.

That’s it. We did more eating than shopping and I’m ok with that. It was a delicious trip.

Check out What I Ate In Chicago – Part 1

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  1. Kelly N says

    Grand Lux is pretty touristy (it is owned by the same people as Cheesecake Factory) but the menu and portions are always huge and tasty!

    Also – that Pad Thai with Crispy Chicken that you had sounds amazing!!

    • Melissa {Persnickety Plates} says

      As soon as I sat down I said “this place reminds me of Cheesecake Factory”. ha. Thanks for the info!

      & I’m trying to find a Metro Detroit restaurant that can recreate the Pad Thai with Crispy Chicken. So far, no luck 🙂

  2. Tony Bailey says

    Hey Melissa – You hit some great spots throughout Lincoln Park and Lakeview. Pizza & Oven Grinder is one of my faves…it’s one of those secret spots most tourists don’t find. And then Nookies, an awesome spot for those morning-afters. Sounds like you had a great trip.

  3. Monica says

    Chicago is a great place for food. Ahhh these posts make me miss home!

  4. c.w.frosting says

    Cute signature! You found some great food. I went to college in Chicago & really miss it. I remember many great places to eat that I can’t remember the names of anymore. xo caroline @ c.w.frosting

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