Doves Luncheonette, 1545 N Damen Ave, Chicago
I really don’t even like chicken that much. When it’s raw it smells so weird and I can’t really bring myself to touch it. And when it’s cooked it is just a bit non-eventful. Plus I think I associate it with dieting, and ain’t nobody got time for that.
So anyway, the point of this longwinded insight to my boring life is that the Buttermilk Chicken with chorizo verde gravy, pearl onions and sweet peas was an off-piste menu choice for me (I always normally make great decisions) but my spontaneity was rewarded with the most delicious thing I have eaten in FOREVER. Thank god I took the photos before I had taken a mouthful or else there would have just been some shots of empty plates. Just do it.
Shake Shake, 66 E Ohio Street, Chicago
I absolutely love Shake Shack – for me it hands down beats Five Guys and all those other new-generation burger places. So last week when I was able to make a quick pit-shop to downtown Chicago I was overjoyed with the prospect of getting my paws on a burger.
But then like the fool I am, got distracted by the sale in the Nordstrom shoe hall. I know. Fool. Time ran away with me, by the time I realised I had less than 3o minutes to get to my train (this was enough to give me a cardiac arrest anyway) and I was only 2 places from the front of the Shake Shack queue – I could smell the cheese.
Anyway long story short, I had to duck out and ended up crying on the train (true story) gonna blame that on listening to Beyonce. But we all know it was the burger. Plus I didn’t even buy anything in Nordstrom. This is a modern day parable kids. Don’t think you can have the discounted Prada and the burger. Because you can’t. Life sucks.
Goddess & The Baker, 33 S Wabash Avenue, Chicago
When I have posted about eating in Chicago before (several times), I mentioned that finding some half-decent food in The Loop is like finding water in the desert, which is disappointing as this is where tourists spend a lot of time. But thankfully someone else with an entrepreneurial brain and good taste in cakes had also made this observation.
Now Goddess & The Baker fulfils any downtown sugar cravings in an Instagramable environment. I went for the rainbow cake (obvs) and Persian Peppermint tea. It was delicious and I thoroughly suggest you do the same.