My wife and I recently went to Chicago and had a great time. Not only is Chicago a great city with phenomenal architecture and endless things to do, but it's a great food city. Many great chef's have began their careers in Chicago. While in the Windy City, my wife and I had to try some of the local favorites, Deep Dish Pizza, Italian Beef, the famous Chicago Hot Dog, and Garrett's Popcorn. Everything was absolutely delicious.
We also went to a couple local Chicago favorite's - Hugo's Frog Bar. Known for its seafood, Hugo's definitely delivered. My wife had the Cod stuffed with King Crab meat, and I had the Bouillabaisse with Australian lobster. We really enjoyed the meal and ambiance. Their desserts were huge. We ordered the Banana Cream Pie, and they brought out half of the pie. Then we noticed that all of the dessert portions were really big. Our waiter informed us that they are known for their large desserts.
We also tried Heaven on Seven, a New Orleans inspired restaurant. The breakfast was great! Definitely can't wait to go back to Chicago. I was inspired while I was out there and have some ideas for new dishes. Below are some pictures of the different foods we had. As you will see, I dug into some of the food before taking the picture.
Hugo's Frog Bar - http://www.hugosfrogbar.com/
Heaven on Seven - http://www.heavenonseven.com/
Breakfast at Heaven on Seven - Fried Green Tomatoes, Scrambled Eggs with Andouille Sausage & Cheddar Cheese Grits, and Banana's Foster French Toast.
Italian Beef with Peppers, Char Dog, and Cheddar Char Dog
Deep Dish Pizza from Lou Malnati's - http://www.loumalnatis.com/