This installment of my restaurant roundup is a compilation of quick eats. Pretty much shows how little time I have had lately to enjoy my favorite city! Nonetheless, they are all new to me and just because they're quick/cheap, doesn't make them any less lovable. I do not discriminate.
I mean, I was NOT expecting anything less than amazing from the brain children of the Publican. The Fulton Market district is just getting a little ridiculous with the selection of places to choose from and Publican Quality Meats fits right in. It's RIDIC I tell you. I channeled the European in me and fantasized about waking up daily to go to the market to select local meats, breads and all sorts of canned jars of deliciousness, for a dinner that I plan to prepare that night. Then I snapped back into reality and ordered a pork belly sandwich. It was a beautiful day in the city, and I had a friend in town, so after we ordered our food, we took it to the park and people watched for quite some time. We could have also sat in one of the 30+ seats in house, and I will for sure come back and do so sometime soon. And get some MEAT for dinner. Lots. of . meat.
Noodles by Takashi
I feel as if the Macy's food court on State St. is quite the underdog in terms of quick eats in the city. With a Xoco ish Rick Bayless restaurant, Marc Burger, and my personal favorite Noodles by Takashi, why haven't I been eating here more? And the best part? NOT. BUSY. AT. ALL. Chef Takashi Yagihashi is a world renowned chef and his restaurant in Chicago Takashi, has recently been awarded a Michelin Star. The James Beard Foundation also named him Best Chef in the Midwest 2003. And what did I get from this superstars' State St. restaurant? A $12 bowl of Ramen. Talk about bargain shopping.
This isn't necessarily a restaurant post, but a catering post. My girlfriend threw a welcome to summer BBQ and got it catered by Wicker Parks' Lillie's Q. I've been wanting to stop in to get a taste of some MEAT, but crowds always divert me from going certain places and this is one of them. The catering situation was a perfect opportunity to give it a whirl and I was very pleased. With a variety of sauces and meats to taste, I can definitely say that I felt very welcomed to summer!
On our way back from one of the north shore beaches, Sean and I were craving Asian sandwiches. We stumbled upon Evanston's Soulwich via yelp and the 4.5 stars was what mainly drew us in. Soulwich doesn't necessarily offer your tradition Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich, but their their signature Soulwich is served with pickled carrots, cilantro and chili aioli and toasted on locally baked bread with a choice of sides.....and not bad at all. Fresh ginger drink was a little peculiar, but the food definitely made up for that.