Since everyone loves a good top 10 reflecting longingly on the year that was, I bring you Chewables’ Top 10 "best of" Chicago 2013. Drumroll please:
Best restaurant: North Pond. Yes, I am fully aware that this is not a new Chicago restaurant, and that “best of” restaurants are typically either new or by Grant Achatz. But the hubby took me to North Pond for our second anniversary, and it was magical. Also, I was excited to finally figure out where it is located. I know I’m not the only one with this problem…
Best drink: this was the year of the Moscow Mule (see here for my scientific investigation on whether the mug makes the mule). I can’t wait for warmer weather to start drinking the super refreshing concoction again. In the meantime, I’ve decided this season’s drink of choice is port. Any suggestions?
Best yoga: anything taught by Jill at Spring Wellness. The woman makes the impossible possible, including headstands and crow. And she told me that I’m strong, which is one of the best compliments a person can receive.
Best neighborhood restaurant: Frasca. Wood fired pizza, the Wrightwood Salad, and nearly nightly deals (half price wine? Why yes, please). You can find me here at least twice a month. Often more.
Best coffee: Heritage, especially when you can score a seat and stay a while.
Best wine bar: Eno at the Intercontinental. There are wine flights and chocolate flights and cheese flights. Enough said.
Best brunch: Nookies on Wells, with apologies to Little Goat.
Best flower shop: A New Leaf. I could (and do, much to the hubby’s chagrin) stay here for hours. And spend too much money on flowers. One day I hope to have a reason to throw a party here. Too bad my wedding wasn’t in Chicago, or it would have been a no-brainer.
Best happy hour: Shaw’s half price oysters as described here.
Best sushi: Macku. The nigiri is artistic genius and the soup some of the best in the city (try the sweet potato prawn). My mother-in-law recently said it was the best sushi she’s ever had. I dare you to say otherwise.
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