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Chicago Trip Review

foodie06 | Dec 1, 2012 08:35 AM

My husband and I visited Chicago last weekend to celebrate our 10th anniversary. This was our first visit to Chicago and we were very impressed with how clean the city was, the amazing culture, architecture, great food and friendly people. We can't wait to make a return trip, maybe in warmer weather!

Friday lunch-XOCO-We only waited about 35 minutes to get in. We were impressed with how organized the whole wait and ordering process was. My husband had the short rib soup and I had the wood roasted chicken pozole. Both hit the spot in the frigid temps and the depth of flavors of both dishes was really nice. We couldn't leave without trying the hot chocolate and churros. The hot chocolate was really interesting. I've never had a drinking chocolate before. It was really good. The churros were served hot and were so delicious. Still thinking about them!

Dinner-Alinea-This was a spectacular experience. I can't say I've ever had a meal like this before. Really indescribable and probably the best meal I have ever had from the experience, food, service. Attention to detail was amazing. I can't say I love the process of getting tickets but understand why they need something like that.

Breakfast-Wildberries-O.k. food, huge portions, not really remarkable though. We found several of the dishes a bit bland.

Lunch-L'Appetito-I would love to have a place like this in Texas. The sandwiches we had were really good. The rainbow cake from the bakery was very flavorful and moist. We did get a dozen cookies to take home and were a bit disappointed in those. They looked delicious but all tasted the same-very plain, boring. I do wish I had tried the cannoli cake.

Dinner-Lao Bejing-We really loved the food here. The dried chile tofu was outstanding. Service was absolutely horrid. It was so bad we could only laugh about our experience. Atmosphere also left something to be desired. Seeing the website and knowing the chef had three restaurants we were expecting something a bit nicer. At least the food did not disappoint.

Breakfast-Yolk. I had the autumn french toast and it was delicious. My husband had the Irish Benny. It was good but not anything that stood out. They had lots of interesting things on the menu. Definitely want to go back for the bacon waffle.

I was barely able to scratch the surface on all the places I want to eat. Amazing city for food.

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