Cheesies Grub & Pub
Cheese Curds - Fried Cheese curds served with ranch.
I have had Antique Taco on the agenda for years. Somehow we just never made it there, so this trip we were determined to go! They are located in Wicker Park on a corner. The restaurant itself is a gem. They call themselves Antique Taco for a reason, there are antiques everywhere! From the tables to the decor, everything is an antique. It gave the place such a unique, hip feel.
- Pork Carnitas - Adobo Rub, Tamarind Glaze, Bacon, Spinach, Onion, Avocado, Queso Fresco.
- For these tacos, the rub is what made it great.
- Garlic Shrimp - Purple Potato, Black Bean, Edamame, Crispy Brussels.
- These were my favorite tacos of the bunch. There were so many different items in these tacos, but somehow they blended perfectly!
- Grilled Ribeye - Heirloom Salsa, Queso Enchilado, Cilantro.
- Grilled Ribeye in a taco...enough said.
Kuma's corner is a burger joint, but unlike any one that you have ever been to. All of the burgers are named after heavy metal bands, and they have heavy metal playing in the restaurant! Love it! The burgers are very unique and have toppings that other restaurants wouldn't dare use, but Kuma's makes it work! My favorite part, pretzel buns. I really wish that would catch on here in Jax!
(Sorry for the dark pics, it's extremely dark in the restaurant)
Metallica - Bacon, Blue Cheese, Buffalo Sauce, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion
Xoco is one of Rick Bayless' many restaurants in Chicago. It is a modern take on Mexican food. The menu is mainly tortas, but there are also other items that you can get.
We were starving after a 12 inning Cubs game, so we ended up at Cozy Noodles & Rice. They are located just around the corner from Wrigley, so it was very convenient to walk there. The decor is not anything like you would expect to see in a noodle place. The walls are covered with old toys and signs. So cool! Even with the awesome decor, we weren't overly impressed with the food. It was just ok. However, the prices are extremely reasonable, so there is a trade off.
Fudge Pot might be the best chocolate shop ever. They are located in Old Town and are open until midnight! They have many different types of goodies, but you can't walk out of there without getting the butter toffee. If you don't take my advice on anything else, take it on this. The stuff is heaven. We buy at lease 2 lbs of it to take home for ourselves, and a couple of pounds for my family/friends. Also, we have been known to have it shipped to us here in Jax. Yep, we have a problem.
I was searching for ice cream and somehow came across Hoosier Mama Pie Company. We don't have any pie shops in Jax, so we had to check it out. The store is a very tiny store front in Wicker Park. There are like 3 tables inside because that's all that will fit. They have a display case with different pies and a menu that rotates daily. You can buy the pies by the slice or by the whole. I like buying the small pies because it's a better value. $6 for a slice, or $8 for the whole? I'm buying the whole thing!
Love the name!
If you are in the mood for donuts, Firecakes will satisfy that craving! They have many different varieties, and they are not your average donut. Absolutely delicious!
Flirty Cupcakes was the only thing we ate that was completely unplanned. We were walking around and happened to see the cupcakes in the window. We had to go in!
Me Want Cookie Dough - A chocolate cupcake with a cookie dough center topped with a chocolate ganache.
The Turtle Always Wins The Race - A chocolate cupcake with a caramel pecan filling, pillowed in a caramel pecan cream cheese frosting.
Cheesecake Caramel Pecan - A layer of graham cracker crust, cake, cheesecake, and frosted with a cheesecake cream cheese filling.
For The Love Of Nutella - A chocolate cupcake filled with Nutella filling & swirled with a chocolate Nutella buttercream.
We are suckers for froyo, I'm not gonna lie. So when we saw Forever Yogurt while walking around Little Italy we were really excited! This place is awesome. Tons of flavors and toppings, and they have a rewards program!
This is the best bathroom sign I have ever seen!!