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Trip report - thanks to all Chicago Chowhounders

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We had a wonderful three days worth of food in your fun city this week. While I had a whole itinerary planned out, weather and spontenaity meant that we did not follow it, but we still managed to hit several of my planned restaurants etc.

Big Star

We had two tacos, pretty tasty, something we cannot get back home in Ottawa. They were smaller than we expected, but we didn't mind the idea of having two small dinners.

Malnatis

Tried a small butter crust with sausage deep dish pizza, which we ate outside in Wicker Park in the late evening sunshine. I can say I am not a fan of deep dish pizza, but my wife gobbled it down, and pronounced that it was up there among her favourite pizza experiences. I have been tasked with reproducing said pizza at home.

Forever Yogurt

Since I did not eat much pizza, I had frozen yogurt for dinner. I am a sucker for it, even when it is obviously artificial....It was quite enjoyable.

Dinkel's

Very fresh, not too sweet honey-dipped donut. A bit too big for me - I could not eat it all without feeling like I'd overdosed on fried dough.

Fox and Obel

Tried both the cinnamon swirl and bran muffins (and a bunch of the jarred candy). I liked the cinnamon swirl, it reminded me of a Koign Amann with cinnamon and more sugar, but it had a hint of nutmeg or some other spice that I wasn't crazy about. The bran muffin was good, but too sweet for my tastes. They were both enormous, and we carried our leftovers around with us.

Kendall College Dining Room

A very nice experience, with quite a lovely dining room. The appetizers were the strongest, with crispy parisian gnocchi and a soft shell crab that were both delicious. My duck was good, though the hash and carrot puree was excellent. The pan fried fish (can't remember which white fish) was a touch overcooked. The desserts were disappointing with an overly sweet maple custard (ok, it is probably unfair to complain that something mapley is too sweet) and a not sweet enough dark chocolate tart.

Taco Joint

We had a very very rushed dinner at Taco Joint because we had tickets for a Steppenwolf play. They were surprisingly good. We had two huaraches, one with beef and one with corn and mushrooms. Quite a reasonable price too, and loved their hot sauce.

Bongo Room

We ended up having a late breakfast there, and it was worth the wait as we were both starving, and we ate everything put in front of us with gusto.

The banana heath bar pancakes were sooooo good. We had the sauce on the side, so they weren't too sweet. and they went well with my side order of thai chicken sausages. My wife had the special omelette with avocado, artichoke spread, etc. Very very tasty.

Piccolo Sogno

This was the best meal of the trip. A lovely restaurant with great service. We had the beet salad with fresh ricotta (I have to start making homemade ricotta), and the black pasta with seafood. It was perfect, and the best pasta I have had outside of Italy. Loved the grissini and bread and delicious syrupy balsamic vinegar too.

Bleeding Heart Bakery

I had a Take a Hike Scone and a banana teacake. The scone was good, not great. It was way, way too big for one person. The teacake muffin was meh - too greasy. I bought two cakeballs for later, but we weren't very impressed with them - perhaps not our thing.

Nori Sushi

A last minute takeout order for our plane ride back, this was uninspired and less than fresh sushi. We couldn't even finish it, and we love sushi.
We also made several stops at Trader Joes and Whole Foods, which was fun for us.

Thanks again for all the tips, and we look forward to returning to Chicago one day.

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Bongo Room
1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Piccolo Sogno
464 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60622

Kendall College Dining Room
900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago, IL 60642

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