Travelogue: Chicagoland – Day 1

My second trip to Chicago was all about eating.

Last January, I flew to Chicagoland for 1.5 days to see my aunt, uncle and cousin. We did all the touristy things and saw all the sights. This March, I had one thing in mind: to eat my way through the heart of Chicago.

First place we went to after we landed: Nhu Lan Bakery.


They bake their own bread for their banh mi.


The menu was amazing. I knew I had to get the sugarcane shrimp & pork banh mi.

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And of course, the classic #1. They were the best Vietnamese sandwiches I’ve ever had. Who knew I’d find this in Chicago?!


They also sell dessert and flan and “Vietnamese mayo”…

NEXT STOP: Hot Doug’s. Alas, they were closed!


Moving on, we went to Smalls, Smoke Shack & More.




It’s American BBQ with an Asian twist. Brisket, tiger cry sauce, garlic fried rice!



The best thing there: flash fried beets. Better than fries, in my opinion.


There seems to be a lot of Mexican colas here.

After a brief visit to the arcade РGalloping Ghost Arcade Рwhere the games never end (really, you never die), we decided it was time for dinner at Butcher and the Burger in Lincoln Park.


So you pick a meat (I picked house prime blend), and then a spice blend, and whatever else you want. You can even pick a lettuce bun if you’re not into carbs.


It’s a small place, and very popular, so expect a wait. We waited for what seemed like an eternity (while watching all of the above burgers come out and being disappointed that they weren’t ours) for this…


One of the top 3 burgers I’ve ever had. Of course, I added a sunny side up egg. It looks simple, but the burger was just so tasty and perfectly medium rare. I picked “grandma’s onion soup” as my spice.


Truffle, anyone?

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