The Best Restaurants We Ate At in Chicago - April 2018 Edition
It’s that time again, for the Best Restaurants We Ate At in Chicago – April 2018 Edition! Do you guys like these monthly restaurant roundups? There are so many delicious restaurants in Chicago. Sometimes it can be hard to know where to choose. We should disclose that we were hosted on some of these occasions, meaning the meal was complimentary. Make sure you always tip your server!
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The Slurping Turtle
We’re a little late with our #tacotuesday post but we got to enjoy these delicious hamachi tacos yesterday 🤤 Tartare of yellowfin tuna, truffle soy and a taro root shell. Shoutout to @slurpingturtle for having us and @cheftadashi for making such amazing food! We were really blown away. #slurpingturtleslurps #slurpingturtle . . . . . #tunatartare #yellowfintuna #yellowfin #taroroot #tacos #tuna #loopchicago #downtownchicago #afullliving #eaterchicago #fabfoodchicago #topchicagorestaurants #bestfoodchicago #chicagogrammers
The Slurping Turtle is a casual Japanese comfort food spot has been in business in River North for years. The freshness and flavors combined with the comfy yet sleek atmosphere make it the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some drinks and a light, dinner with friends. Our favorite bites were the Hamachi tacos, the duck fat fried chicken and the hangover ramen! They have a large selection of sushi, ramen, appetizers and drinks. We find the value to be spot on, too. Definitely add this place to your list.
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Save The Date! One of our favorite restaurants @anteprimachicago will be hosting a 5 course wine pairing dinner on May 23rd! Its an $80 all inclusive meal and if you're feeling lucky, we will be giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky winner on May 14th! Come enjoy some incredible pairings. #partner . . . . . #winewednesday #winenight #winelovers #andersonville #italian_food #foodie_features #foodielife #foodieheaven #chicagofood #foodislife #foodismylife #chicagofoodgoals #winepairing #winetasting #foodmakesmehappy #foodpassion
We’ve mentioned these guys before in this list as well as often on Instagram. There’s a reason for it. At Anteprima everything from the house made pastas, the locally sourced (and sometimes even foraged!) ingredients are made with care, and is such a great value for your money. These guys make you feel like family, and the staff is very knowledgeable about what to order, and the wine pairings to go with it. They often a wonderfully priced prix-fixe menu for $32 every Sunday-Thursday. Also, they will be hosting a 5 course dinner inspired by Sardinian and Tuscan flavors, accompanied by some excellent wine pairings for $80/person with tax and gratuity included on May 23rd! Call ahead to book your table, or keep your eyes on our Instagram if you’re feelin’ lucky, we will be giving away a pair of tickets for you and a friend to attend!
The chicken and waffles sandwich stacked at @carnivalechi Sunday brunch was a game changer. Cuban-Korean spiced chicken, Belgian waffle “buns”, with arugula & chipotle maple syrup. That place is so beautiful and colorful 😍😍 can’t wait to go back for happy hour sometime. Photo by @minusoneofficial . . . . #chickennwaffles #chickenandwaffles #friedchicken #cubaninspired #koreaninspired #belgianwaffle #chipotlemayo #maplesyrup #brunchgoals #brunch #brunch🍴 #sundaybrunch #brunching #brunchtime
Carnivale’s mission is to celebrate life everyday. This place is open 364 days a year (closed only on Memorial Day) and caters to large and small parties. It’s colorful walls give you the perfect idea of the flavorful Latin American inspired menu. They play around with the menu from time to time but there is something delicious for everyone on it. Carnivale even has a rooftop garden that they grow most of the restaurant’s produce in when the weather is warm. Outside of that they source products as locally as possible. We recently went in to try their Sunday brunch menu and found some real showstoppers like their twist on Chicken and waffles and their key lime pie french toast!
Check it out y’all.. there’s a brand new donut shop on the Northside!! Wooo! Located right off the Wilson redline in Uptown, you’ll find an incredible donut paradise, @uptowndonuts! This place is heaven on earth, and the owners Sal & Diana are like the nicest people ever. We’re a little freaked out that we live so close 😅 we will be back often. Shoutout to @2kawaiieats for letting us know that this awesome spot! #uptownchicago #uptowndonuts #donuts Photo by @minusoneofficial . . . . . #insiderfood #insiderdessert #donut🍩 #donut #donutsfordays #donutshop #donuts🍩 #bakedgoods #bakedgoodies #thisisdelicious #cakedonuts #oldfashioned #blueberry #cherries🍒 #bacondonut #bacon🥓 #🍩 #glazeddonut
This brand new spot just opened up right off the Wilson Red line, and it’s donut HEAVEN. Owned by a super awesome couple that grew up in the neighborhood, they churn out fresh donuts daily and are always offering a huge variety of flavors. They experiment with new, super fun flavors all the time. You can get a half dozen “mixed” donuts box for $9, which is a crazy deal, and mix and match flavors of their incredibly soft yeast donuts, super dense & moist cake donuts and their crunchy old fashioned style donuts. Some of our favorite flavors are the blueberry old fashioned, Oreo, cinnamon toast crunch, fruity pebbles, maple bacon and red velvet. Some other fun flavors include M&M, matcha and taro (or ube)! Seriously though, they usually have at least 20 flavors at any time so go in, get a box and try a bunch!! We’re so glad to have a donut shop close to home. The Northside was in need of one!
Fig & Olive
Monday’s lunch at an incredible spot, @figandolive! Love their light & flavorful new spring menu. The food and atmosphere of this spot “makes you feel like you’re on vacation” according to @minusoneofficial. Their rooftop just opened up too. One of our favorite bites had to be this light & fluffy cheesecake. 🤤💗 also, don’t leave without trying the crostinis!! . . . . . #bestfoodchicago #foodphotography #foodphotographer #cherrycheesecake #figandolive #chicagofood #springmenu #cheesecake #eaterchicago #chicagophotographer #chicagophotography #magmile #fabfoodchicago #downtownchicago
Fig & Olive is a chain that we are so lucky to have in Chicago, the food here is inspired by the Provence region in France, located between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. This blending of strong food cultures from this region results in delicious, light and flavorful cuisine. Light fare is seen throughout the menu as they don’t use or even carry any butter in the restaurant, everything is cooked in their signature olive oil. This was one of our most memorable dining experiences to date. Such lovely service, a bright & sleek atmosphere that makes you feel like you are somewhere in the Mediterranean and the spring menu flavors were perfect. Some of our favorite bites were basically all of the crostinis, the scallops and the cheesecake! We will have to come back and check out their rooftop patio.
Stopped by one of our fave spots for burgers on Monday, @burgerbarchi 😍 man their burgers are sooo good!! 😝 do you like bacon on your burgers? Photo by @minusoneofficial . . . . . #bacon🥓 #bacon #🥓 #burger #burgers #burger🍔 #burgerbar #burgerbarchicago #goodeatsgroup #fries #friesbeforeguys #fries🍟 #ilovetoeat #foodbeast #fabfoodchicago #baconburger #cheese #cheesy #cheese🧀 #chicagogrammers #chicagofoodie #chicagofoodmag #chicagofoodanddrink #chicagofoodauthority #bestburgerschicago #afullliving #foodilysm #foodphotography #foodphotographer #chicagofoodphotographer
We first visited Burger Bar back in December when we heard they had some of the best burgers in town, and it turns out that is definitely the case. We had to add them to our list of the Top 40 things we ate in Chicago in 2017 too. We were hosted on that occasion, but we definitely go back and get some of our fave burgers on our own! The last time we were in, we tried the Fa-Getta-Bout-It, complete with prosciutto di parma, fior di latte, tomato, pesto aioli and a fried egg. Let’s just say this definitely solidified that Burger Bar will take one of the top spots on our Best Burger List!
Hey there beautiful 😏 stumbled upon this amazing deli when walking to Andersonville the other day. This place was so good, a hidden gem! Happy we brought Chamere’s camera with us. Have you guys found any amazing spots in your neighborhood lately? (Doesn’t have to be a restaurant, either!) let us know! photo by @minusoneofficial 📍JB’s Deli
This place has been in the Andersonville neighborhood for years, J.B’s is a classic Jewish deli also doubles as a pharmacy. It has a unique charm to it, and prides itself in being “one of a few Jewish delis”. This places offers a very authentic experience, and everything comes out in an “overstuffed” fashion, super fresh and delicious at a great value. We stumbled upon this spot while walking around Andersonville one day and we are so glad we stopped. One of our new favorite lunch spots!
Stanley’s Fruit Market
Get fresh squeezed juice at half the cost of Whole Foods at @stanleysfruitmarket 📷:@minusoneofficial . . . . . . #eatclean #juicing #Stanleys #chicagofoodie #fresh #healthyliving #freshsqueezed #afullliving #chicagogram #chicagofood #mychicagopix #buzzfeast #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood #zagat #insiderfood #eatlocal #tastingtable #chigram #alwayshungrychi
Stanley’s Fruit Market is truly a Chicago staple, and this produce market has been around since 1967, serving the community with incredible deals for fruits and vegetables. Their sales change daily, depending on what’s moving the quickest, but you can be sure you will find the most insane value in all of Chicago at this produce wonderland. They aren’t a full grocery, but they also have a Boar’s Head Deli, some bread and a few options for cheese, milk, eggs, pasta, spices and a few other items to whip up a delicious dinner. They also have an AMAZING juice, coffee and salad bar. Their prices are unbeatable. You can get a fresh squeezed juice for $1.99 for a 16 ounce, 1 ingredient juice and $5.99 for a 4 juice blend. One of our all time favorite spot.
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Until next time,
Briana & Chamere
Photos by: Chamere Orr