Food in the Chi

by lcjonesla

One of my favorite things to do when I visit a city, is find the best and most eclectic restaurants.

The first one I visited was

Chicago Cut:

Attire: Sports Coat, or dress. (I wore flare jeans and wedges and felt very underdressed).

Scene: People from work, or groups of people celebrating a birthday or special event.

Recommended by: Luxe, and a number of Chicago Natives

Ordered: A glass of Chardonnay, a Cosmo, east coast Oysters, and a filet mignon accompanied by macaroni and cheese and spinach. Oh and did I mention I ordered Dessert.

I have a problem.

Nomi: 

(GREAT patio for lunch, I’m sure it would be fab for drinks before the sun goes down)

I visited this restaurant after a way too long architecture tour on the boat. I was hot and hungry and ready for a feast.

Attire: Sundress, Polos and Khakis.

Scene: Cute young people who crave champagne and sushi on a saturday afternoon

Recommended by: Luxe and new Chicago natives Jessica and Sara

*Made the mistake of asking a for their signature drink.

Don’t do it. Order what everyone is sipping: A glass of champagne.

Mercadito:

(great mexican food, book FAR in advance because this place is packed)

Attire: Going out clothes, high waisted skirts, colorful tops. (I wore my new romper from Top Shop).

Scene: Young crowd. Great restaurant to prepare you for a night on town. Mojitos were bomb.com.

Recommended by: Luxe, and concierge at our hotel

*Order the Chile Releno

RL

A MUST for lunch.

Located in the RL store, this restaurant offers a warm, calm, and preppy  setting from the hustle and bustle of tourists on Michigan Avenue.

Attire: Sunday Brunchers wore their best cardigans and dresses paired with fun wedges.

Scene: Families who came to eat after church combined with tourists.

Recommended by: Everyone

I ordered: A Mimosa, Beef Carpaccio with a baby arugula salad, and  2 A la carte oysters.

Oh, and  key lime pie.

Whoops.

Because I was on “vacation” I indulged in my favorite food…

HOT DOGS.

I visited “America’s Dog,” for a classic Chicago hot dog… in the airport.

woof.