Summertime is finally here in Chicago! Nothing beats warm weather in this beautiful windy city, which is why Michael and I are taking every opportunity we can to go on dates. Yes actual dates, with no highchair needed. Our daughter is in daycare, which means if we are free during the day, you can bet we’re with each other. We have said farewell to winter hibernation and hello to one of the best cities in the world during the summertime.
Chicago has some of the best restaurants in the country, with new spots popping up daily. We get a chance to get to know other neighborhoods in the city just by exploring new restaurants. Chicago is also very diverse, which makes dining almost like mini world traveling. These are a few of our current favorite restaurants that have us coming back for more.
Try the SURF & TURF seen above (Half roll $9/ Full roll $17): Shrimp tempura, asparagus, cream cheese, apple, topped w/seared medium rare beef sirloin, drizzled w/parsley yuzu oil = DELICIOUS! They also serve Ramen which I’m dying to try next! Their sushi is exceptional. I crave this restaurant on a regular.
Try their HUEVOS RANCHEROS for just $7.95! Really really good. Michael is a loyal fan of their famous house-made GRANOLA, VANILLA YOGURT AND FRESH FRUIT for only $5.95! Milk & Honey has great food, affordable prices, great outdoor seating and lovely people. This is one of our favorite casual breakfast spots to quietly dine at. As soon as we drop off Zoë at daycare, this is our next stop.
This bar and comfort food dining is my absolutely favorite! I can’t pass by The Southern and not grab a bite to eat. Michael and I always order the SHRIMP & GRITS (LOVE!!!) for $19. Hands down, we feel The Southern has the best Shrimp & Grits in the city. Pair it with the Amber Ale – you will thank me. This particular time we tried their brunch since we arrived a bit too early for dinner. I had the STEAK HASH for $17.00: Marinated Tenderloin, Sweet Potato, Smoked Wild Mushroom, Pickled Beet, Sunny Side-Up Egg = AMAZING! Michael’s plate, which I was drooling over…was the BACON EGG AND CHEESE $14.00: House Made Bacon, Pimento Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Griddled Sourdough, Pickled Okra. …As you can see my husband was very kind to let me try some of his plate, and OMGOODNESS, it was freak’n good.
So if you’re looking for a great place to eat here in Chicago, make sure you consider these three amazing restaurants. Each have great outdoor seating so you can enjoy the summer breeze.
FYI: I’m going to make our dining favorites a regular here for the summer on Girl Nesting, so stay tuned!