Previously on The Blog About Nothing... in London!

  • sandsend The Sands End
    Imperial Wharf Gastropup
  • dipnflip Dip & Flip
    Dipping Sandwiches and Flipping Burgers
  • cocomaya Cocomaya
    Only one word... Cronut
  • dolcecrema Dolce Crema
    Coffee and Gelateria in Barnes
  • rustica Rustica
    Pizzeria in Richmond
  • gingerpig The Ginger Pig
    Pies and Rolls
  • allpress AllPress
    Coffee Bar and Roaster
  • dishoom Mestizo
    Authentic Mexican Cuisine
  • boblobster Bob's & Co
    Great Lobster Roll
  • lowlander Lowlander
    Belgian Pub
  • flatcap Notes Barrows
    Great Coffee Takeaway in Borough Market
  • saltbeef Borough Market
    Salt Beef Time
  • monaco Cote d'Azur Roadtrip
    Betting in Monte Carlo
  • cattlegrid Cattle Grid
    Steaks & Burgers
  • portobello Portobello Ristorante
    Lovely Italian Cuisine in Notting Hill
  • emberyard Ember Yard
    New Slider on the Block
  • onecanadasquare One Canada Square
    Modern European

Windy City with Passport Delicious [On The Road: Chicago]

The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to return soup at a deli 
George Costanza (Seinfeld episode “The Marine Biologist”) 

It has been a long time since I visited Chicago so it was about time. During my visit I contacted blogger friend Krista to catch up with her adventures around the world. 

We started the night with cocktails in The Aviary. This is a new concept in Chicago, bartenders are trained chef, innovative cocktails are at the centre stage, a drink kitchen, and all these under the command of chef Grant Achatz.

The menu
Drink Kitchen
We got the three drinks option, there is an option of 7 drinks they call the Flight. The cocktails are amazing, great balance, creative, out of the box, using coffee French presses, treasure chests, and even a spray to put your drink on fire. You can also get some nibbles as well, the oysters and the lobster are amazing. Great place for drinks before going for dinner. Highly recommended if you’re in Chicago. 

One of the cocktails
My drink is on fire
The Aviary
T: +1 312 226 0868
Cocktail Bar
Approx Damage: US$90pp
Area: West Loop
Chicago
Twitter: AviaryCocktails
The Aviary on Urbanspoon



Then we decided to go for a bite, funny enough the places I wanted to visit were the same recommendations that Krista had in mind. We ended in Little Goat. Owned by chef and Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard. Her concept was to have a dinner, bar/bakery, rooftop, and a place for classes and events under the same roof. The menu is based on American Dinner of course, with salads, burgers, soups, and sandwiches. 

Little Goat Baristas
Entrance to the Diner
The place was completely packed, we had to wait in the bar for 10 to 15 minutes. Krista got a Caesar salad, she wasn’t a big friend of the tempura anchovy on it (you can read her review here). I went messy and greedy on this, I got the Goat Almighty, a monster burger with goat, braised beef, and bbq pork. Add to that cheddar cheese, jalapenos, chimi mayo, and onion rings. The burger was humongous, ok flavour, I knew that was going to happened, there were so many things going on, so many flavours, so my expectations were a bit low, but for the size. Beef overcooked, goat was ok, flavour ok. If you’re into this kind of monster meals this is the one for you, I just did it to say I’ve done that and got the t-shirt, but that’s enough for me, not an experience I would repeat. Sincerely, I prefer to go to Girl & the Goat instead.


Goat Almighty
Burgistagram
Overall great fun to be back in Chicago at least for a couple days, I really appreciate Krista took time to show me that amazing cocktail place.

Little Goat
T: +1 312 888 3455
American Dinner
Approx Damage: US$30pp
Area: West Loop
Chicago
Twitter: StephAndTheGoat
Little Goat Diner on Urbanspoon


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