In my blogging absence, I have definitely been trying as many amazing Chicago restaurants as possible. In tribute to my last weeks as a Chicago North-sider, here are some of my favorite North Side restaurants from the past few months:
Lowcountry (Lakeview, Chicago, IL):
Seafood lovers in Chi rejoice – delicious, shareable seafood has come to Lakeview! Pictured below is the shrimp with garlic, crab legs with all the spices, house jalapeno cornbread, and cocktails to match (Old Fashioned for me, Manhattan for my guy). Great place to go with a group, and a super fund atmosphere.
Roots (various, newly opened in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL):
Roots has been a staple of West Town in Chicago for a while, but when they opened their Lincoln Square location closer to my current neighborhood I had to check it out. Roots boasts an extensive draft menu with a ton of local Chicago options. We tried the cheese-y – garlic bread (yum) and got 2 different types of pizza (pictured below) curated by some well known Chicago chefs. If you’re looking for a great, unique pizza option Roots is definitely one to try.
Hopleaf is an Andersonville great, so if you haven’t been please set aside a night and go ASAP. Their menu is decadent, they have an amazing list of all things alcohol, and a great, cozy atmosphere to boot. Pictured are the steak frites, a Leffe Belgian beer (on draft) and duck fat donuts with salted caramel ice cream. LOVE.
Flo (multiple, newly opened in Lakeview, Chicago, IL):
Flo opened it’s second location in Lakeview on Ashland Ave. this year and does not disappoint. This Mexican & southwest inspired food makes for amazing options Brunch through dinner. We ordered Huevos Verdes (Cheddar cheese layered enchiladas, housemade chorizo, finished with green chili and fried eggs, with Flo potatoes) and the Smothered Ranchero Burrito (Spinach tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, housemade chorizo, black beans, jack cheese and pico de gallo finished with red chili and fresh guacamole and served with Flo potatoes). Not as well known of an option, but a great alternative to standard Chicago brunch fare.