Hey readers, thanks for stopping by! Recently, Em and I have realized the importance of writing stuff down. It may sound lame but when it comes to even just the littlest things, like, where we want to have dinner on a Friday night we are stumped. The funny thing is there are tons of restaurants + bars we are both dying to try (obviously, we live in Chicago) but in that moment can never think of any.
That being said, I wanted to share a few restaurant and bars that are currently on my list to try out (in no particular order):
1). Mahalo: a new Hawaiian fusion restaurant located in Wicker Park. This restaurant has been on my list for a few months, as it opened this Summer and looks absolutely adorable. It has a rooftop bar and the menu looks de-lish! I want to grab a few girlfriends and order a Pina Colada while the Summer is still here. Keep in mind, Mahalo isn’t open on Monday’s, we tried to stop in on a Monday a few weeks ago and realized they were closed- it was such a bummer!(Image from MahaloChicago)
2). Lena Brava: A baja-seafood inspired, Rick Bayless restaurant located on Randolph Row. This place has amazing reviews! You have to plan and make reservations a few weeks in advance, but they have a brewpub next door that is walk in.(Image from LenaBrava)
3). Oriole: is at the top of my list for fine dining! This small restaurant is located in the West Loop and conveniently, under the building I work in. That being said, I am seriously dying to try it out. The reviews on this restaurant truly are unbelievable and the tasting menu looks delicious. (Image from OrioleChicago)
4). Blue Door Kitchen and Garden: This house restaurant looks adorable from the outside. It is located in the Gold Coast near my apartment. After reading up about this new spot, I learned that they serve American food made fresh with seasonal ingredients that are sourced from Midwest farms. I also heard the burger comes with house made giardinera! Em and I are obsessed with giardinera; needless to say, that’s what I’ll be ordering!(Image from OpenTable)
5) Maple & Ash and Eight Bar and Patio: These two restaurants are also conveniently located in the Gold Coast. Maple & Ash has been on my list for a while now; it looks like the chicest little date spot! Eight Bar and Patio looks like fun! The patio is where I want to sit and they serve food until 12am. Awesome, right?!(Image from ChicagoSplash)
Let me know if you’ve been to any of these restaurants and/or if you have other recommendations, I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks so much for reading and hope you’re having a great week!!