I Love the Burg but…Tasting Chicago in a weekend

I Love the Burg but…Tasting Chicago in a weekend

sushi and tonkatsu

Chicago is always a good choice for a quick getaway from Tampa. Probably not the first choicefor winter, but, spring and summer in the Windy is a no-brainer.

With non-stop flights from Tampa International Airport on a daily basis, it was one of our spur of the moment trips during this highly restrictive pandemic season.


With Chicago having just opened up restaurantsto in-person dining when we visited, getting a reservation turned out to be pretty challenging at the last minute. Everyone was out and about and wanted to experience life as it was pre-pandemic. Luckily, we were still able to book some solid dining spots!

Here are 3 of the best eats in levels of affordability that we discovered and recommend in our quick jaunt to the big foodie city.


In the mood for summer margaritas? Our local friend, took us to Tuco and Blondie for all the margarita fruit flavors you can possibly think of, freshly squeezed. Pair those cocktails withnachos and guac and you’re set! Hungry for more, the deal is in the taco platters with three tacos of your choice protein served with rice and beans. Now you can keep drinking those margs. 😉

Tuco and Blondie
3358 N. Southport Ave.


With the highly rated and awarded modern Japanese restaurant, Momotaro, fully booked, it was easier to find a spot for four at its basement level called The Izakaya. With a more Japanese street-style vibe serving shared plates at more affordable prices, it was a gem of a find. 


Get the gyoza with pork and chicken filling. We liked it so much we ordered it twice. The chicken katsu is nicely breaded with the meat cooked perfectly. Lastly, the chahan which is a bowl of beef fried rice with mushrooms and a poached egg is one of the best things on the menu. 

Izakaya at Momotaro
820 W. Lake Street


Now, if you’re really in the mood for a culinary experience and a splurge, consider George Trois. Winner of Restaurant of the Year in 2019, we snagged a couple of the 20-seat, 8-course tasting menu at the highly acclaimed French restaurant on the edge of Chicago. The bite in every single course was tres magnifique with innovative presentation and flavors we’ve never tasted before. Just make sure you’ve carved out the time for this ceremony…and the drive if you are staying closer to downtown Chitown.

George Trois Restaurant
64 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka

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