|Creme Brûlée & Bacon Maple Doughnuts from Glazed & Infused|
Chicago felt like the real America, everything was suddenly bigger, the buildings, the cars, the food and the waistlines and oh my they don't do things by halves that for sure.
Our flight to Chicago was at an eye-watering 6am which meant getting up around 3am, if it wasn't for the jet lag I wouldn't have bothered going to bed.
Lucky for us we ended up staying just around the corner from both The Girl & The Goat and Little Goat so for breakfast we decided to go all out. Tim went in for the kill & ordered the Fat Elvis which consisted of 2 HUGE waffles, candied bacon, banana, maple syrup and that big ball on top... thats not ice-cream it's peanut butter flavoured butter. They really should change the name to Elvis Killer. It was pretty incredible and well executed but I would not like to know how many calories are in that bad boy.
|Fat Elvis at Little Goat|
|A peek into the Little Goat kitchen. That guy is flipping 1 portion of omelette and check out the size of that brioche!|
|Fried Bologne sandwich from Au Cheval|
|5 Guys burgers|
You can't go to Chicago and not try 2 of its most famous exports. Chicagoans are very particular about their hot dogs and we got to try one at The Haute & The Dog. For it to be an authentic Chicago dog it must be a beef dog on a poppy seed bun topped with yellow mustard, white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a pickle, 2 tomato slices, pickled sport peppers and some celery salt. Be warned, don't ask for ketchup! All of these toppings make for a very fresh but rather tricky to eat dog.
The second Chicago institution is of course the most famous. The deep dish pizza or pie as they prefer to call it. The pizza is assembled with the cheese first and the tomato sauce on top this means when served the cheese just oozes out from everywhere. We were all pretty full after the first slice but its one of those very naughty but oh so moreish meals that you allow yourself once in a blue moon.
|Chicago Deep Dish from Pizzaros|
Just a block from our apartment was The Publican and its sister deli The Publican Quality Meats. We headed to PQM one morning for breakfast but as they didn't serve one we decided to share a salad and a sandwich. The asparagus panzanella salad was super fresh and zingy a slightly odd breakfast choice but it was the perfect wake up. The truffle and tallegio sausage sandwich was nothing short of incredible. Topped with the most delicious brussel sprout, apple & caraway slaw and a side of marinated kale. I would eat that every day for breakfast if I could!
|Truffle Tallegio Sandwich at Publican Quality Meats|
|Asparagus Panzanella at Publican Quality Meats|
Halfway through our trip we were taken to Big Star for some Mexican food. This was one of the hottest days of our trip and their patio seating was very full so we decided to go to their take out counter instead. Here you can get skip the wait and get anything from the full menu to go and sit on the benches out front. In a sharing mood as always we shared a salad and some pork tacos. I think this was my favourite Mexican food of the whole trip.
Miko's was recommended to us by our host Nick. He explained that this guy was selling his home made Italian ice out of the front of his house so we had to go and explore. We decided to share a cup of mango & coconut ice and sat in his front garden enjoying it and watching neighbours popping by for their weekly fix. What an incredibly tasty and refreshing treat, I have since been looking up recipes as I want to stock my fridge up for summer.
For our 'last supper' in Chicago we were taken to The Smoke Daddy, a traditional American BBQ joint. Wanting to try everything we opted for the 'Taste of the Daddy' platter. We dug into baby back ribs, burnt ends & brisket with sides of mac'n'cheese & smoked pit beans. Told you they didn't do things by halves!