Today I have another Chicago spot for you: Nana!
I’ve been to this little place twice now, both times for breakfast. I like this spot because it’s a bit off the beaten path, located in Bridgeport. If you’re unfamiliar with Bridgeport, it’s on the city’s South side where the White Sox play. Don’t be fooled, I’m not actually super familiar with the neighborhoods of Chicago, just this one.
Nana is a family-owned restaurant that serves only organic, ethically-sourced food. All of their ingredients come from local farms and vendors, which is pretty awesome.
“The products we use are free of synthetic preservatives, growth hormones, genetically modified ingredients, antibiotics, artificial colors and flavors and other additives and chemicals, including pesticides. We support the ethical treatment of animals, promote sustainability and buy local whenever possible.”
The great thing about this place is that it’s a healthy place without being one of those healthy places. (If you know what I mean then you’re great.) I’m all for eating healthy food, but I’m also a relatively picky eater, so the trendy hot spot health places usually don’t appeal to me. This place has totally normal food- it’s just free of a bunch of junk that’s usually in it. I’ve eaten their pancakes and their standard American breakfast (like I said, picky eater) – both were great. You can check their menu here.
If you ever find yourself down in Bridgeport, go check it out and let me know what you think!
A couple of weeks ago I was able to spend a three-day weekend in Chicago visiting friends. My boyfriend and I got a hotel room downtown in a great spot overlooking the river (and some political protests..).
This was our chance to celebrate a belated Valentine’s Day, so we planned an evening out. We decided on dinner at The Kitchen upon recommendation from a friend who works there. The restaurant was a 10 minute along the water from where we stayed, which was perfect given the unseasonably warm weather that weekend.
John and I arrived just an hour before closing time. As a result, there were only a few other occupied tables and we got an isolated high-rise table for two overlooking the water. Obviously my inner introvert was thrilled with the quiet ambiance.
We started with the Hummus & Crudité plate, which had the freshest cucumbers I’ve ever tasted. For the main course, I went with The Kitchen Bolognese (major pasta lover here) and John ordered the Pan Seared Slagel Farms Sirloin. You can check their menu online here. Both of our meals were fabulous and the service was great as well.
Apologies for the low light iPhone pics.
We ended the night by splitting the Affogato – two scoops of vanilla gelato doused with a shot of espresso. This was my ideal dessert (because COFFEE). Overall this was a wonderful date night spot and I would recommend the restaurant to anyone in the area.
Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as Mardi Gras Day or Shrove Day. It is a day when people eat all they want of everything and anything they want as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians. – Source
Or, if you’re like me – you skip the whole fasting period afterwards and just enjoy Fat Tuesday.
Eat your heart out.