Monthly Archives: August 2015

Formento’s – West Loop, Chicago

This January, Chicago got blessed with another great Italian restaurant.  I’m talking about Formento’s in the West Loop neighborhood.  I can hear a collective sigh among residents who are doubting whether Randolph Street needs another dining spot.  Maybe not but we are lucky to have this one. Last night I hopped the CTA Green Line  to the Morgan ‘L’ stop

Pleasant House Bakery – Bridgeport, Chicago

Chicago loves its bakeries.  It crushes hard on doughnut and cupcake joints.  It can be so hard to choose which way to go.  Allow me to introduce the award-winning Pleasant House Bakery in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.  It is a cozy, family-owned, counter-service place which creates British-inspired, locally sourced, savory pies.        Pleasant House is located

Cafe Spiaggia – Magnificent Mile, Chicago

Spiaggia is the only four-star Italian restaurant in Chicago.  After 30 years in business, it recently got a makeover.  Now, service is focused on two pre-fixe menus.  It’s new “little sister,” Cafe Spiaggia, is attached at the hip in the same space.  Friday night, I stopped in at this new cafe for an early dinner.     Both spaces are located

Birrieria Zaragoza – Archer Heights, Chicago

Hey!  Has something or someone “got your goat?”  Get it back by chowing down on some awesome goat tacos at Birrieria Zaragoza! Lore behind goats is that they are often associated with peace and harmony.  When you’re feeling rattled, it is said that “something’s got your goat.”  So, get it back, y’all!   Birrieria Zaragoza is an authentic Mexican, family-run

DryHop Brewers – Lakeview, Chicago

So freaking hot yesterday!  But, when my good friend, Barb, asked me to join her for brunch at DryHop in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, I could not refuse.  After all, I only needed to hop on the CTA Brown Line to the Belmont ‘L’ stop and walk 4 blocks east and 1/2 block south to get there.     Barb was