Monday, June 27, 2011

Chicago: One More Time

Woke up pretty early on the last day of our stay since we had a pretty full day and there was a few things we wanted to accomplish. For Ben and I, it was to go on the Architectural Boat Tour, and for the Ahrhan and Anna, it was to check out the original Macy's and shop a little. However our ultimate goal that day was to go to another deep dish pizza spot before we all head off to the airport and take our flight home.

Intelligentsia Millennium Park
53 E Randolph St.
(between Wabash Ave & Garland Ct)
Chicago, IL 60601

Yup, at the famous Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea for breakfast since Ben and I needed something quick!

Intelligentsia is actually from Chicago!

Lots of baristas, and yup, hipsters.

single drip
Single drip!

cool bag
Cool looking bag for pastries!

iced green tea
Ben's breakfast: iced green tea with almond croissant.

cafe latte
My cafe latte. Really nice steamed milk and deep espresso flavor!

Latte art.

pain au chocolate
Chocolate croissant. It's a little different. It's not really flaky like most croissants, more like a bread.


After the boat tour, Ben and I met up with Ahrhan and Anna at Lou Malnati's, which is another famous spot known for their deep dish pizza. They actually had a throwdown here with Bobby Flay on his show and did end up beating Bobby. Check out video below!

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
439 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, River North

Lou Malnati's for lunch!

the lou
The "Lou" with fresh spinach, mushrooms, and sliced tomatoes covered with mozzarella, romano and cheddar cheese. Also sausage added.

the lou with sausage
Took over 40 minutes to bake this bad boy!

deep dish & crust
Lou Malnati's is known for their buttery and flaky crust, and I'm not gonna lie, it's damn good. Holds up super well with all the toppings and juices from the vegetables.

deep dish
Juicy, cheesy pizza!

Less sauce than Pequod's. Awesome combination of ingredients! Somehow ate 2 slices here hahah.


After stuffing ourselves with pizza, we decided to stop by Garrett's Popcorn to get some of the popcorn that Oprah loves :P Garrett's actually all over Chicago and they are known for their flavor gourmet popcorn (of course).

Garret's Popcorn
4 E Madison St
(between Holden Ct & State St)
Chicago, IL 60602

pizzeria uno
On the way there, saw the original Pizza Uno.

Huge popcorn bucket at the shop!

The different offerings. They have 3 kinds: buttery & plain, caramel, and cheese. You can also get a mix of caramel & cheese, which they call The Chicago Mix, or you can get a Caramel Crisp, which is popcorn clusters with nuts and caramel.

tin cans
Different tin cans. I didn't get it cause it was too expensive.

After you order, they fill your order right in front of you! Caramel crisp with pecan is for sure my favorite! Forgot to take a picture though haha.

Overall, an awesome trip to Chi-Town and I can definitely see why people call it the perfect city for foodie. Whether it is fine dining or something old school like a hot dog, definitely a destination for you taste buds. Hopefully... it won't be too long before I can take another bite of the awesome deep dish pizzas in Chicago!