Fish Taco’s at Rock Bottom Brewery and a cheeky Kolsch

Rock Bottom Brewery on West Grand Street was my first port of call on my latest trip back to my adopted home town of Chicago I just hit town and I was looking for a bar to watch a bit of sport on TV and hopefully catch the Cubs game. I was staying up at…

Shake Shack in River North, my first Smoke Shack Burger

Shake Shack in River North has been on my radar for ages, I really meant to come here on my last visit back to Chicago, but somehow I was distracted and didn’t make it. This time though it was to be my first meal off the plane, and as it was pretty close to my…

Jake Melnicks Corner Tap – BBQ Bar-style

I found myself at Jake Melnicks ‘Corner Bar’ looking for a ‘beer and a bite’. It was cold outside and I did not want to wander the streets hunting too long for food so I just took a chance and heading inside to see what they could do for me. Bit of the menu I really…

Eggsperience the breakfast in River North

Eggsperience was one of the first places that I ever had breakfast at in Chicago. I was staying in a hotel just near to the Grand El stop on the Red line while I looked for my first apartment in the City. Over the years I came back here pretty often, sometimes sitting up at the…

M Burger – A Good ‘Old Fashioned Burger’

M Burger in Chicago is a simple yet effective local burger chain with Five joints scattered around the city. The first one opened only 5 years ago in 2010 and over the few years that I lived in Chicago I think I have eaten in them all. It was only recently though now on one of…

Burkes Bacon Bar – Bacon Filled Snack Box Treats

Burke’s Bacon Bar is on North Rush Street attached to the James Hotel and next to David Burkes Primehouse. It is just a short walk away from the Grand red line CTA station. I read about its opening in…. well everywhere to be honest and as I quite like David Burke, and bacon, I was keen to…

‘The Purple Pig’ on the Magnificent Mile

The much vaunted Purple Pig is located on the Magnificent Mile just down from the Tribune Tower. It taglines itself as “Cheese, Swine, and Wine” which sounds like an invitation to me. I had heard that it is packed to the rafters, and since it does not take reservations we made the effort to get there…

Portillo’s – History, Tradition and …. Hot Dogs!

Portillo’s has been serving Hot Dogs and associated street foods to the good people of Chicago for over 50 years. Established by Dick Portillo in 1963, it now has around 42 other sites across the states. The first Portillo’s hot dog stand known as “The Dog House” opened in 1963 on North Avenue.  By 1966,…