Chi Foods: North Side Favorites

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.

Cafe Selmarie (Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL):
An adorable spot right on Lincoln Ave in Lincoln Square, Cafe Selmarie delivers a delicious meal in a cute, bright setting. Their menu is relatively small, but they have a great variety of items. Modeled off of a quaint European cafe, you’ll see people chatting over a meal, working away, or stopping in for some amazing looking pastries in their front bakery. Their cinnamon sugar pancake topped with bacon (yes, bacon) was a fun sweet and salty mix that I definitely enjoyed.

Hopleaf (Andersonville, Chicago, IL):

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.

The Sixth (Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL):
We couldn’t resist trying The Sixth, owned by the same parent company as Roots, when they both opened in Lincoln Square this year. It turned out to be a cute cocktail lounge with a romantic atmosphere and a lot of fun drink options. They have a small snack menu, but no other food options, with their main focus on their intricate (and sometimes beautiful) cocktails. We’re always a sucker for some fries with fun dipping options, so we had to try those on their snack menu. Definitely a fun stop before or after dinner if you’re in Lincoln Square.

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.



One comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s