Hi everyone! I promised to come back and post a review, so here it is, although quite long!
We loved Chicago! Other than a 10 hour flight delay, it was perfect! Our tastes are not as refined as some others, and we prefer casual/casual fine dining, so I hope our review is helpful. Thanks to everyone who gave us such great advice and tips. We wish we had more time to try a few more places that we couldn’t make it to.
Uno's - We had so many choices, but stuck to restaurants close to our downtown hotel, due to a foot injury. Well, I've never had deep dish pizza, and I'm not an expert, so here's our opinion. It was good, not great. We had a 6" sausage, pepperoni, green pepper, onion and mushroom, and yes, we finished it between the two of us (or should I say my husband did). I found the crust had way too much cornmeal for our taste and was too crunchy. Surprisingly, it was not greasy! I'm not sure if all Uno's are the same way, but we had to order first, wait 30 minutes, get shown to our table, and then wait another 30 minutes. It was a Saturday around 3:30, but still had a line-up. We know that deep dish pizzas take about 45 minutes to bake, but I guess we were starving at the time …lol
Chipotle Grill - Loved the guac and chips (great price for $2). Burritos were good! Great price, very clean and well ventilated.
Boston Blackies - Burgers were good, not great. Service was okay.
Lou Malnati’s on North Wells Street. Found the pizza to be the greasiest of the three places we tried. Crust was ok. It turns up a bit thin towards the top edges. Service was horrendous. Won’t return if we’re in Chicago again.
Honey 1 BBQ. This was after the Lincoln Zoo, so we got lost a few times. It seemed to be quite a trek, but could be because we were lost. We know true BBQ is smoked and not the typical BBQ that is boiled or steamed, so knowing this, we gave it a try and have to say (don’t shoot me down here ok?), we didn’t like it. It was dry and chewy, but again, this true type of BBQ is not what we’re used to, and we weren’t that fond of it.
We really wanted to go to Smoque to try the brisket and chicken, but ran out of time, as we wanted to try one more pizza place.
Burrito Beach off Michigan Ave: Service was very rushed and a bit rude. Good part was we both received free burritos for taking part in a very short survey. Burritos were good, can’t complain when it’s free.
Fox & Obel: Bought some take-out items here. They have a lot of gourmet/high end items, similar to Whole Foods Market in Toronto (thanks nxstasy for the suggestion – we never made it to Heaven on Seven (which was so close to our hotel) or Kitsch’n; it was a bit out of our way for our tight schedule).
Back to Chipotle Grill – yes we loved it that much!
Giardano’s on Rush Street. Their pizzas don’t come in a 6”, but they do have individual pizzas for lunch. We ordered the 10” with sausage, green peppers, onion and mushrooms. It was the BEST pizza out of the three we had. I did find there was not much sausage on our pizza though, not sure if it was just a fluke, but I found myself digging for the sausage and coming up empty most times! Yes, we finished even the 10” (or my husband did). The crust was the most delicious pizza crust we’ve ever had. I found myself picking at the crust even after I was full. I can’t describe the taste – buttery, slightly crunchy, a bit flaky, like a crispy tea biscuit, hard to say … but it was very tasty. In all the 3 pizzas we’ve had, we found Giardano’s to be the best!
Weber Grill on State Street – pretzel bread (complimentary) with cheddar spread is addictive! We loved it so much! Seemed to be a mix of white and dark (perhaps rye or pumpernickel). We had the BBQ chicken and Brisket. Chicken was extremely tender, same with the brisket. Portions are in our opinion, small for dinner. Corn bread is great. BBQ sauce and beans are too sweet. I wouldn’t say the brisket is the best I’ve had, but it was a great experience and last night dinner.
We bought some things from the Corner Bakery Café. They were ok, nothing to write home about. Since we were stuck at O’Hare for about 12 hours total, we bought a few things from the airport location. We also ended up eating at Burrito Beach (again) at O’Hare.
We really miss the deep dish pizza the most and will never eat Toronto pizza with the same enthusiasm again.
Not related to this food forum, but to explain how much we enjoyed Chicago, the highlights for us were the Zoo and The Blue Man Group. I got pulled on stage for their act and it was a thrill!!!
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2. Chipotle Grill
3. Honey 1 BBQ