Delicious DIRT. Food Mafia FEED
Inside: Girl & the Goat, Tempo, Silver Cloud, Feast, 33 Club, Alinea, Bob San, D’Agostino’s, mk, Gibson’s, Toast, Bella Note, Wells Street Popcorn, Fifty/50, Il Molino, Topo Gigio, Hub 51, Boss Bar.
Originally posted 11/10 in Food Mafia’s Feed.
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To give you a little background on me, I grew up in the city of Chicago and I literally eat my way through the city to this day. Eating is one of my top four favorite things in the universe. I am down for the fanciest joints such as Alinea, as well as biggest dives, Boss Bar. I love local hot spots, Girl & The Goat, as well as good old standby favorites, mk and best omelet and grilled cheese around the clock at Tempo. CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE
Just so you know, I’m not one of those girls who won’t eat either. I literally eat everything and anything I want from Mac and cheese at 33 Club (sadly now closed) to extra crispy cheese pizza at D’Agostino’s (best sauce ever) to the heavenly enormous strawberry shortcake at Gibsons.
It’s scary actually. I mean, I should be three hundred pounds based on how much I actually eat. But, my philosophy on food (and life), is carpe diem. Life is too too precious and short not to eat isn’t it? So I love to devour my favorites regularly.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of my go-to Chitown favorites. Because I’m such a huge BRINNER fan, I’ll begin with a few of my brunch loves. My MUST EATS. Let me give you some sunshine and start with the perfect Eggs Benedict (no exaggeration here). I am so lucky because I found this heaven at three Chicago spots each so diverse in their atmosphere, yet so similar in their perfect eggs Benedict- Toast, Gibsons, 33 Club (please reopen). All use just the right amount of butter on their English muffins and toast them to perfection so they’re crispy and stay crispy throughout the entire meal. Did I mention the eggs are cooked perfectly and are runny to the exact right degree?? This is a hard science to master and to find a place that’s consistently cooking their egg yolks perfectly runny enough, yet the whites are cooked through, that’s a real find and a definite rarity I cherish! And to find not one, not two, but three spots in Chicago that you can regularly depend on this perfection is simply awesome. I have to mention the meat at 33 Club as well. I am not generally a ham fan, but 33 has some ham! After not having bacon or ham of any kind for eleven years, 33 Club’s was so special and delicious from its smell alone that I had to dive in! And I did not regret it. The hollandaise sauce each restaurant uses is not too heavy either. Toast’s is light and creamy enough, Gibson’s is the exact right consistency that I could literally down a gallon, while 33′s, you might even need to ask for more! DELIGHTFUL.
Next let me delve into one of my other breakfast favorites, breakfast burritos! Two of my favorite local spots, Silver Cloud and Feast are my absolute go-to’s. Feast’s breakfast burrito is filled with some of my all time favorite guacamole, sour cream, the right amount of smooth and yet not too rich re-fried beans, some of the best gooiest pepper jack cheese, perfect egg whites (you have to specify that part – which they do charge extra for- but it’s worth it) and a great pico de gallo. On the side of the Feast breakfast burrito comes perfectly crispy potatoes with the exact right amount of salt. YUM! If you want to skip the potatoes, you can get a side salad and the dressing is a to die for balsamic that blends so well with the burrito if you like to mix it up like I do.
Silver Cloud’s burrito is quite different, yet just as delish!
Their burrito is ENORMOUS! It’s filled with luscious cheddar cheese, a ton of plain and cooked to perfection black beans, sour cream, guacamole, eggs (white for me again) and topped with tons of shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and heavenly potatoes. The way Silver Cloud includes the cheese in the burrito itself is simply divine. They roll the cheese inside the shell so in every bite you get just the right amount of cheese. This is heaven for a giant cheese freak like me! I get this burrito, and just about everything I eat, well done. YUM!
Next posts will include my favorite Chicago Mac and cheeses, the lightest, most succulent salmon jalapeño sashimi appetizer from Bob San, pulled organic chicken nachos from Hub 51, amaze donuts, Australian lobster tail from Gibsons, cheese popcorn from Wells Street Popcorn, two delicious devilish rigatonis in Chicago: a la vodka at Bella Note and “the pasta al Topo Gigio” at Topo Gigio (my favorite since I was sixteen), and more galore.
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Delicious DIRT. Food Mafia
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