In a few months, we’ll be leaving our beloved Chicago to explore the greater United States. Chicago has been our home for over twenty years, and the city has been a huge contributing factor to who we are as people. We both graduated from Chicago-based colleges. For the past fifteen years, we’ve lived, worked, and raised our family in Roscoe Village, and leaving our home will be bittersweet.
As we begin our “Farewell for Now” Tour of our favorite Chicago establishments, we thought you’d be interested in enjoying some of the places we hold near and dear to our hearts.
Without question, one of the most amazing places to eat in the city of Chicago is Sun Wah BBQ on Broadway in the Uptown Neighborhood. If you can’t afford the plane ticket to China, come here for a truly authentic Chinese dining experience. We are certain everything on the menu is amazing, but we wouldn’t know because we always order the same thing at Sun Wah, the Beijing Duck Dinner which comes in four courses. They roast an entire duck for you and carve it tableside, where you eat it the carved duck with Chinese pancakes as your first course. While you are eating, they make an amazing duck soup, duck fried rice and a duck vermicelli for your table. We love taking the soup home for lunch or dinner the next day. They also serve one of the most generous martini’s in town.
Owen & Engine has won several local awards for their burger and it is worth the hype! We have tasted a ton of burgers in this city, and this one is by far the best. On Tuesdays, you can order the burger with fries, a pint of beer and a shot of whiskey for $15. It might be the best deal in town. The restaurant is an homage to the great pubs of Britain and they are spot on with the pub favorites. There is no were in town that rivals their Fish & Chips or their Scotch Egg. And don’t forget to order a Pimm’s Cup while you are there. They have three different variations of the classic that are all fantastic.
Everyone knows that Chicago has some of the best pizza in the world. Our hands down favorite for the past twenty plus years is Pequod’s Pizza on Clybourn Avenue in Lincoln Park. I discovered Pequod’s back in the fall of 2015 when I lived in the DePaul neighborhood and I think we eat this pizza at least once a month, if not more. I am sure they have good thin crust pizza, but I wouldn’t know, as I never order it. Thin crust is a snack, not a meal! Their deep dish offering is exceptional and if you can take down more than two pieces, you’re amazing. The crust is the perfect degree of doughness, love the sauce and the huge pieces of sausage are unique. The best part is the band of caramelized crust that forms around the edge of the pizza. I eat it last because it’s my favorite part. And their commitment to Chicago sports, especially the Blackhawks, deserves admiration!!
I don’t know how we discovered Roots Pizza, but we are so glad that we did. The location at Lawrence Avenue has become one of the family’s favorites. A restaurant and brewery, Roots uses malt in their pizza dough, making their crust insanely delicious. Their salads, calzones and thin crust pizzas are wonderful and the kids love to play with the pizza dough as we are waiting for our meal. But the biggest favorite is the mozzarella sticks! These things are massive. The most delicious fried cheese we’ve ever had.
More to come soon…..