Must Eat In Chicago

City of Chicago is mainly known for its food delicacy and diversity. As a first timer every foodie craves for Chicago Style Pizza and we were no different. In our short span in Chicago suburbs we picked up some notable Chicago eats & can conclude that this city is definitely a lot more than just pizza bites.

Over the period the immigrants have brought taste and colors to Chicago and have developed Chicago style dishes out of them, while keeping the original base.

Here is our food guide of Chicago for first timers & foodies:

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Indulge your senses in Chicago style famous “Garrett Mix”, cheese and caramel flavoured popcorn. Since 1949 this franchise has been famous for it’s high quality and taste. Maybe Garret popcorn’s are now available globally, but it will always be “Chicago’s tradition”. So next time while wandering around the streets in Chicago grab some Garrett mix for sure.

Where to eat– Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, O’Hare International Airport, E Madison St, Chicago.

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From Two brothers to Goose Island, IPAs to Half Acre , Chicago has a lot of local craft breweries, portraying Chicagoan’s true love for beer.
In 1833 with Chicago becoming a town, it also got its first brewing company and as of today there are many local micro-brewing companies offering tours and beer tasting. Every year in month of March, the city holds beer tasting festival with more than 60 participating brands.

Where to try: Two Brothers Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Goose Island Brewery, Emmett’s Brewing(suburbs), Rock Bottom Brewery.

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Gyros may not have been invented in Chicago but over the time Chicagoans have shown this is one of their most popular and favorite food. With Kronos as the biggest supplier of Gyro cones and many Greek restaurants offering these in abundance, Gyros doesn’t deserve a chance to be missed. For Greek food lover Halsted street, Greektown Chicago is the place to be. With many Greek restaurants in vicinity this place is best suited to taste the best gyros.

Where to eat: Central Gyros, Zeus Gyros, The Parthenon

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Our favorite Chicago Style Pizza is highly acclaimed for its enormous amount of cheese and thick crust. Most people would contradict on the thick crust but believe it, whether it’s stuffed one or the classic deep dish there is no escape once you get the first bite. Though you would be full with just a slice or two, but this is one which you have to taste before you die.

Where to eat: Giordano’s, Gino’s, Unos, Lou Malnati’s.

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Chicago’s most authentic fast food “Chicago-style hot dog” should be on your top list. This classic dish includes beef sausage served on a poppy seed bun with white onions, sport pepper, tomatoes, dill pickle and the very essential yellow mustard. Don’t leave the city without tasting Chicago’s hot dog .

Tip: Don’t ask for the ketchup with Hot Dog in Chicago as they believe it goes with mustard only. Sellers don’t even carry ketchup.

Where to eat: Portillo’s, Superdawg, Gene & Jude’s.

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Thanks to Zomato Meet, Kavita got her chance to be familiar with this remarkable Greek Dish and that too at the place where it got originated “The Parthenon” in Greektown, Chicago. Read it here- My First Zomato Meet At The Parthenon,Chicago

Today Saganaki has many variations as with shrimp and mussels, but the original one has cheese fried in buttered shallow pan along with brandy, which is flamed at table with a shout of ‘Opa’, ending up with fresh lemon juice.

Where to eat: None other than “The Parthenon”, Greektown.

My First Zomato Meet At The Parthenon,Chicago


Indian Bloggers

I was writing reviews on Zomato for more than two years in Delhi/NCR and then I continued my foodie journey in Chicago suburbs too.

Last year in October, unexpectedly I got a invite from Zomato for meetup as I was topping the charts on Chicago’s foodie leader-board. At first I was astonished as attending Zomato meet in Chicago was beyond my imagination.

As I reached the event at The Parthenon, both my excitement and nervousness were at the top, but within couple of minutes it was just we foodies and bloggers sharing our thoughts and experiences. I was filled with wonder that most of them were Indian food admirer.

Why The Parthenon?

Located on S Halsted St,Chicago this place is highly acclaimed for authentic Greek food. In 1968 Parthenon introduced the exclusive dish Saganaki, a flaming cheese appetizer served on a small frying pan. Apart from this, Parthenon made Gyros popular among Chicagoans.

 

Let’s talk food:  As they say, In Parthenon you Dine Like Gods and yes we did, a five course meal !

Appetizers

We got Spanakopitas(mini spinach and feta cheese pies), Broiled Octopus, Skordalia(thick puree of potatoes with garlic) and my favorite Saganaki(flaming cheese) in appetizers. Spanakopitas were very rich & tasteful, broiled octopus was fully flavoured with herbs and lemon, on the other hand Skordalia had the strong flavour of garlic but the star of the night was Saganaki with the shout of “Opa”Check out the video here.o (5)o (6)o (4)o (7)

Soup

For soup I chose Egg and Lemon soup, as it didn’t sounded familiar among those which I have tasted. It was a classic treat, with rice and lemon essence. I am not at all a soup lover but I can go for it again. o (8)

Salad

After the heavenly appetizers and soup I was almost full and there were three course still waiting for me. The salad I opted for was Greek, full of freshness & seasonings topped with olives & feta cheese, it was sure a hit.o (9)

Main Course

From the day I attended this meet, I am a Gyro lover. Gyro is made of lamb or beef on vertical rotisserie, served as shaved meat on pita bread with Tzatziki sauce, a Greek dip made of thick or strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, salt & olive oil. It was my very first experience with Gyro and indeed it was appetizing. o (11)

Dessert

No meal is complete without a dessert and we wrapped up the meet with Baklava, a layered filo pastry filled with nuts and held together with honey. The Baklava was outstanding, aromatic & fully flavored. It tasted equally well as it looks.o (12)

Overall, my first Zomato meet was overwhelming, more than what I expected out of it. Thanks to all fellow foodies and The Parthenon who made this event unforgettable.

Restaurant Review: Uncle Bub’s Award “Deserving” BBQ

Here we are with our first Restaurant Review of 2016 and this time it’s BBQ.

Uncle Bub’s, an award winning family owned BBQ started its one and only joint 17 years ago in Westmont, IL. Even after “award winning BBQ”, its hard to believe that they are restricted to one location,to keep it the best instead of making it a franchise.

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What’s so special about this place ?

BBQ –  Their famous BBQ is an ultimate example of their dedication for it, along with the secret spices…served with two options mild and a spicy one. Be it brisket, ribs or pulled pork, each meat is “slow cooked” to provide the charred  & smoky flavor to it.

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Awards- They have received various awards such as first place in Rib Category at Ribfest Chicago 2014 and many more like this.

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Interior and Ambiance- This place resembles a roadhouse with some quirky interior. You have to order at the counter and you will get a waiting number in the form of hen or rooster maybe..The lamps over your head are actually hanging metal buckets.

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What to order ?

Well! in case you are here for first time and confused as we were,then you can get started with:

The famous Uncle Bub’s Sampler Platter It has a bit of everything, meat, ribs , super soft briskets and you get to choose 2 sides from a handful options, fried Mac and Cheese and Hand cut French fries are our personal favorites.

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Sample Platter with sides and corn bread

Baby Back Ribs Do get your hands dirty with smoky, well cooked Baby back ribs and you will never regret it. We opted for the half slab and trust me it was a mouthwatering deal.

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Uncle Joe Burger 1/2 pound grilled burger with pulled pork, topped with cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce and fresh tomatoes also served with two sides. The first bite was the burst of grilled and smoky flavors of tender pork. Definitely, this is one of the best burger we ever had.

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Uncle Bub’s Wings  As I am in love with traditional wings since I came to States, so I try them every now and then but Uncle Bub’s Wings are distinct…. juicy from inside & crisp from outside. They have a unique blend of flavors, as usually they use their own recipe for making them so good with secret spices and seasonings. Do not forget to add-on a mug of Beer.

If you are in Chicago or have any plans to visit,then Uncle Bub’s should be on your list for memorable BBQ experience.

Location:  132 South Cass Avenue
Westmont, Illinois

My rating for Uncle Bub’s

Location-4/5

Food- 4.5/5

Ambiance- 4/5

Service- 4.5/5

Uncle Bub's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Restaurant Review: Just Like Mom’s As They Say !!!

We are back with another restaurant review of very famous breakfast joint Blueberry Hill Breakfast Cafe ,a family restaurant,located on Butterfield Rd, Oak Brook.It’s one of the best breakfast chain in Chicago suburbs offering delicious homemade food at various locations..

We have visited here couple of times and began to fall for their scramblers. Along with delivering appetizing food, they have really classy interior with enough space for seating..

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What’s in the menu?

Traditional breakfast which includes Sandwiches,pancakes,french toast, waffles,wraps,scramblers,omelettes etc etc. In beverages they have fresh juices,hot/cold coffee(my fav. bottomless),latte etc..

What we had?

Chunky Monkey Waffle– When I ordered this waffle, i didn’t expected it to be so good. The waffle baked with pecans topped with banana,chocolate syrup,coated with powdered sugar and pecans… Truly inviting and mouthwatering !!

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Texas Style French Toast – The regular french toast with the pinch of cinnamon was just average in taste. We ordered it by its unique name but it came out as a regular one.Nothing special about it…

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Butcher Shop Scrambler- Meat Lovers..!!!! This one is for you…ham,sausage,bacon with eggs deliciously served with potatoes and toast/pancake.This shouldn’t be missed if you are visiting Blueberry Hill cafe.It’s on our favorite list now.

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Green Eggs and Ham- Rightly marked as Blueberry signature dish,this brings freshness of pesto and spinach with scrambled eggs. Personally, I am not a spinach fan specially the cooked one and choose to avoid them most of the time but this one came as an exception..And finally I am in love with this Green Egg scrambler ..!!!

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Ace of Club Sandwich- Deli style turkey & roast beef, topped with bacon, is served on white toast along with American & Swiss cheese, tomatoes,lettuce and Hellmann’s mayonnaise. A sandwich with these ingredients was like burst of flavors in my mouth. I was sure it cannot go wrong in taste at all..

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Overall, as per our experience, this restaurant has always met our expectations.

My rating for Blueberry Hill Cafe:

Location- 4.5/5

Food-4.5/5

Service-4/5

Ambiance-4.5/5

Blueberry Hill Pancake House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Restaurant Review: Keep Calm And Eat Zinger Burger !!

Last night we had the best halal burgers,at Mr. Broast, in Lombard. While searching for our snacking joint I found this place nearby with nice reviews.

So,today we are going to review Mr. Broast.(I found the name very catchy.)

Established in 2012 this place offers authentic halal meat.Some of their sandwiches are really very popular like Zinger Burger,Peri-peri burger,Philly Chicken,Club Sandwich, etc. They specialize in broasted chicken(combination of broiling and roasting).

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A restaurant with plain interior is not that inviting but their food is !!!

There is a lot to choose from and really hard not to drool upon, but we tried out Zinger Burger Combo (with fries and Pepsi) and Peri Peri Burger and kept others for our next visit. While Peri Peri Burger I chose to be regular, zinger we opted for the spicy delight.

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Zinger burger had a crisp patty of chicken coated with homemade sauce…It was finger licking good.. crunchy,juicy and fully seasoned in a single bite..I would like to mention their homemade crisp masala fries(seasoned fries),very crispy and mouth watering.

Peri Peri was all about the spicy grilled chicken…chicken was tender and moist,bit spicy for my taste buds. The bun was fresh and balancing the spicy zest of chicken topped with onions.o (8)

Overall, I am very impressed with this place and service. It took 10-15 minutes for food to reach at the table, so hold your patience as it will be worth. There is ample seating space for bigger groups of 10-15 people as well. Do stop at this place if you are visiting Lombard next time.

We will be here again for sure to try their other items from menu.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations for us please leave your comments and do share the other food joints, serving halal meat.We would like to visit them as well.

Here goes my rating for this restaurant :

Location-3.5/5

Food-4/5

Service-4/5

Ambiance-3.5/5

Mr. Broast Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Restaurant Review: Pub-Style “Fuller House”

Fuller House is very popular pub style along with family restaurant. Located in Hinsdale downtown it’s always occupied, especially on weekends it’s hard to find a seating space.
After going through the restaurant reviews on Zomato, I was more eager to try those Mason jar Cocktails. 

As we reached there it was fully packed. We were warmly greeted and seated comfortably near the bar. The interior  was very classy,there was an upper deck for family seating and a full bar on the lower one.

So, let’s get started with drinks. I asked my server what would she recommend us and she suggested Blackberry Lemonade and Alagash and Blue Moon. Alagash, a draft beer with generous portion of wheat spiced with coriander, on the other hand Blue Moon is brewed with Belgian style wheat and oats having orange flavor.

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Blackberry Lemonade includes Bulleit Bourbon,fresh lemonade and blackberry. It was served in a Mason jar,totally fascinating. Alagash was light with refreshing taste while Blue Moon was spicy.

For starters we ordered loaded Nachos with chicken(I am a nachos fan really, so no other food stands the chance.) and Buffalo Chicken Wings. Both were appetizing but wings were better out of the two.

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With a very little space left in stomach, we opted for BBQ chicken pizza. It was average, that’s all I have to say as it was neither really flavorful nor bland !!!

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Overall, it was a great experience of a pub-style restaurant. We really liked the service and food.

Here goes my rating for this restaurant :

Location-4.5/5

Food-3.5/5

Service-3/5

Ambiance-4/5

Fuller House is surely a place of its own kind. 

Fuller House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato