Giordanos Pizza

OK, for anyone interested, here are some places we checked out this weekend. I must say that all in all, there was only one dish I was disappointed with…

1) We started on Saturday in the Wicker Park area with brunch at Milk And Honey. Dang fine carrot, raisin and toasted coconut buttermilk pancakes. Sarah had the award winning Huevos Rancheros. Stupid good… and we even got to eat outside!

2) Cup of “coffee” at Cafe con┬áLeche. We went here by mistake (thinking it was Cafe de Luca, see #3 — we were on the wrong road!). I had a Cafe de Olla which was really different and quite tasty… kinda like an herbal coffee made with star anise and cinnamon. Sarah had a cafe de leche I think and she said it was “perfect”. Not bad for a mistake…

3) The afore-mentioned Cafe de Luca. This place was recommended in our guide book and we were not disappointed. Italian sodas and a mid-afternoon snack of bruschetta. Probably the best I’ve ever had. The inside of the place was also ridiculously cool and it looked like you had been transported to a quaint street in a little village in Italy… complete with clothes on the clothesline.

4) iCream. No ice cream on site… they actually MAKE it while you wait. Crazy! Pick two flavors and optional mixins. It was ready in 3 minutes and it was GOOOOOD. Chocolate and Irish Cream. Superb!

5) Dinner back on Michigan Ave… the Lights Festival was going on, so we opted for takeout from Big Bowl, a Japanese/Thai place. I had Thai Basil Shrimp with coconut jasmine rice and Sarah had Pad Thai. Not bad, but we probably could have shared. The downer of the night were the lettuce wraps… not very good. Kinda blah. I guess it’s hard to compare with PF Chang’s. :-)

6) Next day was Garrett’s popcorn. We waited an hour and a half, and it was worth it for the Chicago Mix, a combo of cheese and caramel popcorn. Sounds crazy, but SOOOOO good. Especially when it’s fresh!

7) Finally, we finished off the food tour with a deep dish at Gino’s East… the kind with the sausage patty that takes up the entire bottom of the pizza. In my opinion, any time you can eat a sausage patty that’s bigger that your head, it must be done. :-) Liked it more than Giordano’s, but since we haven’t tried Lou Malnati’s yet, I’ll reserve the “King of Chicago Pizza” trophy until our next visit.

Anyone have any other recommendations for the next time we’re up there?

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