Andy’s Thai Kitchen: A Haven of Flavors to Cope with the Winter

I came here with a group of friends on a Wednesday night and had high expectations.  My high expectations were fulfilled!  I love Thai food and can’t get enough of it.  Unfortunately, there really isn’t great Thai food in the Wicker Park/Logan Square area so I am willing to travel far for it, but we really need some better options around here.

Handlebar: Vegetarian Comfort Food Served with an Edge

I have been coming here for years and absolutely love this place.  It’s great for Wicker Park to have vegetarian options and I think they should have more.  The ambience of Handlebar is no frills, but is a divey, rustic aesthetic. They also have a lovely patio in the back when it’s summer, which is super enjoyable. The service here is always good and fast too.  I have had the same waiter here for years and he’s always on top of things.

Café Marie-Jeanne: A Rustic French Dream That Transcends French Cuisine

If you want a cozy, intimate, yet exciting dining experience, Café Marie-Jeanne is a perfect option.  I absolutely adored everything about this place.  It has “traditional” French food but also innovative, contemporary dishes that are made in really unique ways.  There was nothing I ate here that I didn’t love.

Monteverde: Contemporary Italian Fare with Classic Options

If you want to treat yourself or have something to celebrate and want to venture out of traditional Italian cuisine, Monteverde is an excellent choice.  It is pricier being a West Loop restaurant, but you won’t be disappointed with the flavors.  

Margeaux Brasserie: A Magnificent Taste of Classic Parisian Cuisine

Located within the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Margeaux Brasserie takes you back to classic Parisian cuisine with a 1920’s style decor.  I have had the pleasure of dining here for dinner and brunch.  When I first came here, I was here for my dear friend’s birthday celebration. It was the perfect place for two Francophiles.  I absolutely adore French restaurants and Brasseries.  

Cumin: A Mélange of Indian and Nepalese Flavors

Indian food is one of my favorite types of cuisines so I am always in search of delicious Indian food in the West part of Chicago since Devon is a hike.  I’ve been to Cumin a few times and it’s never disappointing.  I like that there is a lot of space here and it has a romantic, intimate ambience.  

Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea: Innovative beverages, modern decor

This is probably my favorite coffee shop in the Wicker Park area.  The ambience is bright and modern, which is great for doing work.  The baristas are very friendly and knowledgeable.  They aren’t too cool to help you like a lot of other places around here.  They also have beverages that are unique and you can’t find at other coffee shops.  Fairgrounds has a great balance of tea, juices, and coffee drinks, that combine eclectic ingredients together to create a mixture of gorgeous flavors.  

Jin Thai: Cozy, Authentic Thai Cuisine

Jin Thai is one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Chicago.  It is certainly up there for the best Thai food I have had in Chicago and it is a wonderful haven for vegetarians and pescatarians. Jin Thai has very unique Thai dishes that you do not see at most Thai restaurants.  It has a quiet, cozy ambience that is relaxing and chill.  

Bad Hunter: Witty Name, Multifaceted Food

 I really love Bad Hunter.  I’ve been here a few times and the food has always been delicious.  The ambience is gorgeous.  I love the plant decor, the non-edison lightbulbs, and the clean, cozy feel to it.  I also really enjoy the dried up framed plants hanging in the bathroom.  It encompasses what I love when it comes to interior decorating.

Why Vegetarian-Pescatarian?

As you know, this food blog is written from the perspective of a self-identified “vegetarian-pescatarian”.  What is a vegetarian-pescatarian?  Someone who eats fish and seafood, but no land meat like chicken, beef, pork, turkey, lamb, etc.  Why would one willfully choose to eat like this?  Well, let me tell you a little bit about my journey towards being a vegetarian-pescatarian…

Umami Burger: An Upcoming Favorite Amongst Vegetarians

Umami Burger is obviously a staple in Wicker Park for meat eaters.  But now with their new “Impossible Burger” (their new vegetarian burger that tastes pretty much like a regular hamburger), it will be definitely frequented more by vegetarians.  Prior to the debut of their “Impossible Burger”, I had never been to Umami Burger since I don’t eat meat.  But I thought now is the time to try this place and I had only heard good things about it.