Chicago Food Scene – 4 Neighborhoods

Hey, foodies!  It’s been a very tasty week out here on the Chicago food scene.  As usual, I traversed The Windy City using the ever-so efficient CTA trains and buses.  The ‘L’ and the buses are still the fastest and most environmentally-friendly way to explore Chicago.  So leave your car at home and ride the rails to the following delicious spots spanning four different neighborhoods from the north side of the Chicago River to the south side.  




If you are in the mood for some barbecue, an excellent beer selection, and a fun patio on which to enjoy it all, Sheffield’s Beer & Wine Garden is an essential Chicago spot to check out.  This place is like Cheers.  Whether you live in this neighborhood, or you are looking to

sip on some suds after a Cubs game, Sheffield’s is the perfect place.  It has become a favorite refuge on the Chicago food scene.   

I enjoyed a relaxing Saturday afternoon beer session with friends with some lovely Hazelnut Brown and Anchor Porter brews.  I really dig the chill and friendly vibe at Sheffield’s.


Chicago food scene Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden

Afternoon beer session at Sheffield’s Beer & Wine Garden

Two blocks north of the Belmont ‘L’ stop on the Red, Purple, and Brown lines – 3258 N. Sheffield


The Spanish Square in Lakeview is an adorable tapas bar with a lovely retail section.  You can sit and enjoy the fabulous chorizo-Manchego empanadas, healthy salads, steak in piquillo pepper sauce and much more tasty tapas at this much-welcome new spot on the Chicago food scene.  


Chicago food scene Awesome Spanish restaurants The Spanish Square

Sangria and empanadas


Chicago food scene Awesome Spanish restaurants The Spanish Square

Carne asada in piquillo pepper sauce

The wines and sangria are excellent and the owner is a charming and passionate ex-pat from Spain.  I am excited to return and try more dishes.


Chicago food scene Awesome Spanish restaurants The Spanish Square

The salads at The Spanish Square in Chicago are mighty tasty.

A few blocks west of the Belmont ‘L’ stop on the Red, Brown, and Purple lines. – 1358 W. Belmont


The Loop


There are some great spots to eat in in The Loop in Chicago and one of my happy places is The Goddess and the Baker.  This rustic space lodged in a building underneath the ‘L’ near Jeweler’s Row has amazing pastries and baked goods.  Step inside and enjoy soups, sandwiches, salads and fancy coffee drinks while you listen to the rumble of the train tracks overhead.  And, yes, this is a sister store to Goddess and the Grocer.


For the love of all that is food porn, please get this chocolate chip caramel brownie!


Chicago food scene Goddess and the Baker brownie

Caramel, chocolate chip brownie


The ricotta-avocado toast and arugula is a great way to start or end the day.


Chicago food scene Goddess and the Baker avocado toast

Ricotta avocado toast with arugula, lemon, olive oil and chilis


I love a fully stocked salad and so, I recommend this Vietnamese chicken salad.


Chicago food scene Goddess and the Baker salad

Vietnamese chicken salad


One block north of the Adams/Wabash ‘L’ stop on the Orange, Brown, Purple, Pink and Green Lines – 33 S. Wabash


South Loop


I love living in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.  It features Grant Park, the lakefront, Museum Campus, Soldier Field and Northerly Island.  While this vibrant enclave could use some more good restaurants, there are a few that are worth a visit.  Last week, I stopped by an iconic pizzeria as well as a younger but Michelin award winning restaurant on the Chicago food scene.

Giordano’s Pizzeria has many locations throughout Chicagoland.  It has been in business more than forty years.  While I don’t really groove on deep dish pizza, they also serve up thin crust pizzas.  However, this week I was craving the simplicity of this spaghetti and meatballs.  It really hit my comfort seeking buttons!


Chicago food scene Giordano's Pizzeria

Sometimes you just crave a classic!

One and a half blocks south and one block east of the Roosevelt ‘L’ stops on the Orange, Green and Red Lines. – 1340 S. Michigan Avenue



Acadia won two Michelin stars.  It is a small, cozy spot which is located inside a nondescript building on a lonely stretch of Wabash Ave.  A very popular dog park is right next to it.  I have watched the menu change over the few short years Acadia has been open.


Best Burgers Chicago Acadia Chicago food scene

Acadia has Chicago’s best burger!


Acadia has a well-curated beer and wine list, as well as some creative fare including oysters and this stellar burger with Gruyére cheese, Mornay sauce and bread and butter pickles.  I think it gives Au Cheval’s burger a run for its money!



Best Burgers Chicago Acadia Chicago food scene

Medium rare burger, Gruyere cheese, Mornay sauce, bread and butter pickles.

Four and a half blocks south of the Roosevelt ‘L’ stop on the Red, Orange and Green Lines – 1639 S. Wabash Avenue


If you are craving Mexican food in the South Loop, swing by Mago Grill & Cantina next to the ICON SHOWPLACE movie theatre.  


Chicago food scene Mago Grill & Cantina in Chicago

Beef Empanadas with chimichurri


Chicago food scene Mago Grill & Cantina

Holy pistachio mole with pork medallions!

Six blocks west of the Roosevelt ‘L’ stop on the Red, Orange and Green lines.  Transfer available to the #12 Roosevelt bus. 1010 S. Delano Court (Roosevelt Collection)



Bridgeport is on the south side of Chicago and it is home to some tasty restaurants.  Last week, I was craving the Chinese food from Home Style Taste.  You can find traditional Chinese-American dishes as well as more authentic fare from China like intestines and jellyfish salad (if that is your bag!).  

I like the veggie egg rolls with hot mustard, the pork dumplings, the cold sesame noodles and the twice cooked pork.


Chicago food scene Homestyle Taste in Bridgeport

Don’t forget the hot Chinese mustard for your egg rolls!

Chicago food scene Homestyle Taste in Bridgeport

Pork dumplings

Chicago food scene Homestyle Taste Bridgeport

Twice cooked pork


Take the Orange Line to the Halsted ‘L’ stop and transfer to the #8 Halsted bus south to 3205 S. Halsted

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA trains and buses to explore the Chicago Food Scene. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking.  Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!