Category: Restaurant Challenges

Restaurants reviewed for healthy and flavorful options.

Get Your Raw Bar On at King Crab

Get Your Raw Bar On at King Crab
There’s something inherently satisfying about eating oysters at a dive bar. It feels properly gritty and somehow truer to its ocean origins than dining on oysters elegantly displayed over perfectly shaped ice at some fancy restaurant. Not many places do this right, but King Crab Tavern and Seafood Grill in Lincoln Park/DePaul definitely does. Decorated... Read more »

Top 5 Ways to Keep Salads Healthy

Top 5 Ways to Keep Salads Healthy
Salads make a great appetizer or meal. Salads can also be the Venus flytrap of healthy eating for those trying to keep it light. This is particularly true when eating out, since it can be hard to know exactly what ingredients are used or how the food is prepared.  So, without further unnecessary intro, here... Read more »

Gemini Bistro + J Parker = Date Night Love

Gemini Bistro + J Parker = Date Night Love
Date night! The hubby and I had been meaning to try Gemini Bistro for years. I used to live right around the corner, but for some reason we never made it over there until now. Tsk, tsk. Unpretentious and reasonably inexpensive while still exuding a comfortably upscale air, the “American” bistro was clearly gourmet and... Read more »
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RoseAngelis: A Delight for the Taste Buds and Wallet Alike

RoseAngelis: A Delight for the Taste Buds and Wallet Alike
In a city where it would be easy to try a different restaurant every night, the hubby and I keep returning to RoseAngelis in the Lincoln Park/Wrightwood neighborhood.  The food is consistently delicious and reasonably priced, a nice change of pace from some Italian restaurants that charge customers an arm and a leg for, let’s... Read more »

Love for Lula

Love for Lula
Tofu and vegetable scramble. Buttermilk pancakes. Turkey sandwich. Breakfast burrito. Baked French feta. It was impossible to decide what to order at Lula Café in Logan Square. Typically when eating out, I know exactly what I want to order or, sometimes, I’m between two dishes. But at Lula’s it was literarily impossible to make a... Read more »

The Bristol: A Win All Around

The Bristol: A Win All Around
From the very beginning I had a good feeling about the Bristol. My cousin and I were going to celebrate her upcoming birthday and, as is often the case with us, we waited until the very last minute to decide where we would go. I called the Bristol on a Thursday afternoon for a reservation,... Read more »
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Healthy Eating at Summer Festivals

Healthy Eating at Summer Festivals
Ah, summer in Chicago.  It’s why we put up with the bitter winters (which, by the way, I am convinced keep our population down).  And no Chicago summer is complete without many an outing to a summer festival.  There’s Bacon Fest and Rib Fest, Taste of Chicago and Burger Fest, and hundreds of other festivals... Read more »

The BEST Brunch in Chicago: Nookies

The BEST Brunch in Chicago: Nookies
I’ve been around the brunch block quite a few times, and year in and year out, through hot new openings and other celebrated mainstays, I keep on coming back, time and time again, to one Chicago brunch spot: Nookies on Wells.  There is nothing fancy about Nookies.  It is not swanky, the food is not... Read more »

The Kid Stole the Show at Revolution Brewing

The Kid Stole the Show at Revolution Brewing
Revolution Brewing is a great space just south of Logan Square.  Its warm, exposed brick interior is open and airy, giving it a welcoming and casual vibe. It has the fresh hay smell of hops from its on-site and visible brewery.  It comes complete with super hipster bartenders and waitresses.  Its prices are good.  The beer,... Read more »
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Begging for Bread at Purple Pig

Begging for Bread at Purple Pig
What a scene! Who knew so many people went out for weekday lunch in this city (and what am I doing wrong in my life that I don’t eat lunch out more often)? When I arrived at Purple Pig, which does not take reservations, I was told the wait would be 30 minutes for a... Read more »