My view of downtown Chicago, from Lake Michigan!

My view of downtown Chicago, from Lake Michigan!

Chicago marked the end of a long travel binge! Praise god because I am TIRED! I went to Chicago for my friend’s 30th birthday bash. Chicago is definitely a foodie town so I was excited to try some new places during this trip.  Their foodie history is best represented by the Taste of Chicago event.  The taste was going on while I was in town and shockingly I decided not to go.  So many of my Chicagoan friends have said “it’s not the same” so we saved our money and time! I have done the typical Chicago pizza stops on my previous trips, so this time I went for less of touristy stops.  Instead of the Taste, we settled on a couple of good breakfasts outside of the birthday activities.

Batter and Berries!

Batter and Berries!

First stop, Batter and Berries. So many of my college friends have posted food pics from there on Instagram and it looked really good.  We went on Friday morning fresh off the plane.  I hear they are known for their two hour or more wait, so going Friday was a great decision.  We were immediately sat at a table in the back.  The restaurant is small, so the potential for a two hour weight did not surprise me.  I would describe the place as cozy.  They have bright yellow walls and black art all around. Felt like being over an aunt’s house, that one aunt who can really throw down in the kitchen.

Now to the food, this place was probably one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a LONG time! They are known for their french toast and I am known for always ordering french toast so it was a match made in heaven! I went for the caramel french toast, which is actually battered in caramel.  All of their french toast had some unique batter offering.  It was SO good! The chef tops it with a syrup butter and recommends that you don’t use syrup. I went ahead and added syrup but it was just as good without it.  I had a side of bacon that was excellent and some hashbrowns.  Now normally I do not order all of these sides, but the hashbrowns had a layer of cheese in the middle that was calling my name. I had to ask them to take that plate away just to stop myself from eating all of it.  Overall, I loved this place! An added bonus was that it is black owned and I love supporting small black owned businesses! This is a must go to stop for me next time in Chicago, two hour wait and all.

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The delicious Carmel French Toast

The delicious Carmel French Toast

My bacon and hash browns

My bacon and hash browns

My friend's deconstructed chicken fajita enchilada. It looked AND smelled delicious.

My friend’s deconstructed chicken fajita enchilada. It looked AND smelled delicious.

My friend's daughter's kids plate! Love that they include an apple, even though it's drizzled with caramel!

My friend’s daughter’s kids plate! Love that they include an apple, even though it’s drizzled with caramel!

On my last day in town we swung over to Chicago Chicken and Waffles.  By the time we arrived, we were all dragging from the nights birthday activities and STARVING!  I ordered the signature chicken and waffle dish.  The waffle’s shape and taste would put you in the mind of waffle house and other than a snooty person, who doesn’t love waffle house waffles? I sure love them! The chicken is decent too, but with so many chicken spots in Chicago I cannot say that it stood out to me.  This was my second time eating here so I obviously would go back, only if I cannot endure the Batter and Berries wait :)

Chicken and Waffles!

Chicken and Waffles!