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.

IMG_4850

They bake their own bread for their banh mi.

IMG_4851

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

IMG_4854 IMG_4855

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

IMG_4859

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

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

IMG_4862

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

IMG_4873

IMG_4866

IMG_4868

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

IMG_4870

IMG_4871

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

IMG_4865

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.

IMG_4880IMG_4881IMG_4882

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.

IMG_4884IMG_4886IMG_4887

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…

IMG_4896

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.

IMG_4899IMG_4901

Truffle, anyone?

3 thoughts on “Travelogue: Chicagoland – Day 1

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s