16 October 2016

the bristol : brunch.

time for another round two! this time, i went back to the bristol in bucktown / wicker park for brunch. (for deets on my first visit a couple years ago for dins, take a peek here.)

anywho, as a reminder ... "the bristol has become a staple for chicago's local dining crowd, off-duty chefs, & visiting gastronomes looking for a great dinner or sunday brunch." as an established member of chicago's local dining crowd, i can attest to the truth of this statement.

here's what i had (in addition to a delicious mimosa, not pictured) ...

chilaquiles :
i know what you are thinking. is she really about to tell me she ate soggy tortilla chips + some sautéed veggies & say she loved it? why yes, yes i am. this was sooo good. the flavor was legit & i don't mind a little sogginess. however. would it be majorly improved with a little tofu scramble on top? a resounding yes.

as a side note, i always wonder why more restaurants don't just have tofu for their veg patrons. it doesn't go bad that quickly & it's pretty easy to prepare. any restaurant insiders have the scoop? 

breakfast potatoes :
hot damn, these were awesome, too. i mean ... potatoes. what's not to like?

i've said it before & i'll say it again. i sometimes hate brunch. but even if this meal was a little weird & missing something, i was still all about it. i definitely cpc'ed that chilaquiles dish. (that's clean plate club for those not in the know.)

maybe if the chef is listening, they'll get a little tofu round those parts & really up the tortilla game for the veg crowd. until next time ...

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the bristol
2151 n. damen ave.
chicago, il 60647

09 October 2016

bareburger.

i said it on my instagram, but ... !! ATTN. CHICAGO !! bareburger has officially arrived in lakeview!

backing up ... i first visited bareburger in new york city a couple years ago. (if you wanna do a bareburger #tbt, take a read. and if you wanna #lol, take a look at the comments section. fa realz.) i loved my meal so much, so i was thrilled when jerry, a partner at the newly opened bareburger chicago, emailed me to let me know they were coming to our fair city.

as a reminder, bareburger purveys "organic & all-natural burgers, snacks & shakes." the cool thing is just how many vegan options they have.

so the chi city husband, baby & i moseyed over for the bareburger friends & family opening. here's what i had ...

be my burger ... build-yo-own vegan burger :
look at this delicious beauty. perfect veggie patty + fresh veg + crunchy pickles + tasty sprout bun? = one ultra nom-worthy burger. we also had some french fries, which, i mean, you can never go wrong with. (let me tell you, the fries were a hit with le bebe.)

bareburger is thebomb.com for a couple of reasons.

1. as explained, the plethora of vegan option. 2. they've got a new vegan shake, which is going to be the first thing i order at our next visit. 3. i'm told the non-vegan stuff is also incredible, so all your non-veg friends can enjoy themselves, as well. 4. ultra family-friendly. didn't use to be important to me, but now. it is! deal with it.

bareburger is definitely going to become a regular spot for us ... hope to see you there??

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bareburger
3357 n. lincoln ave.
chicago, il 60657