A Delicious Day in Chicago
No doubt about it, Chicago is a food town and there is something to be said for taking a break from watching what you eat to eating while you watch. The food that passes by and the people enjoying it are just as fulfilling as the meal you choose. Here is one way to spend a blissful eating day.
Begins at 10 on the river at Bridge House Tavern.
Chicago is one of those cities that truly takes advantage of its waterside. Kayakers paddle, runners run, boats drift as the city wakes up. Sip black coffee and go for the smoked trout hash ($14) with the Hollandaise on the side, you won’t find low fat here but at least you can enjoy generous portions omega 3′s to kick start your day.
After a good walk and shop along the Miracle Mile (Michigan Ave) and a trip into Nordstrom’s Rack for an armload of discounted designers, you will want to stop for a beautiful view and a monstrous salad at the classic Grand Lux Cafe. Go for the Polynesian Salad ($15) which has more high anti-oxidant ingredients than the others (and no bacon or cheese to bump the fat overboard). Dressing on the side has never been more important, this one is overly dressed and a tad sweet, you can get away with about 1/3 of what the chef will use.
Cocktails a la rooftop
A little hard to find is III Forks which has a rooftop bar that holds hip happy locals for a cocktail and snack. Try today’s popcorn ($3) perhaps some lean grilled scallops ($17) , and, if you are really hungry, some healthy hummus ($7) . All are super foods that will take the edge off but not ruin your next step. The bar will accommodate your specific cocktail wish. If you really want to know what the lowest cal cocktail is, check here.
Dinner to Die For
I have been twice now to The Girl and The Goat and each time it was packed to the brim and full of jocular conversation way late into the night. This tapas style menu just keeps knocking your taste buds off dish after dish. They will tell you that 3 dishes per person is appropriate. I’d say go with a bigger group and choose 1.5 to 2. ($$40-60 per person with wine) Even the vegetables are deliciously rich with taste beyond compare. Be sure to order the bread du jour with the spread to go with it, worth the indulgence. You will walk it off.