Eating will always be one of the biggest pleasures in life. Being at home, working, studying, doing anything you can imagine, eating will be the best activity ever… but… when you travel, eating becomes sometimes a monster if you want to “keep your line”, since it’s a torture to see all the food and desserts over the dishes saying “heey! here we are! wanting to be tasted by you, we are sure you won’t regret!”… but hey, if you’re on vacation, your diet should also be! I mean, exercise exists! When you go back home, your usual food habits will return to your life. While so, tasting new delicious plates and delighting your palate is going to be a perfect complement of your trip and I’m gonna help you find the best places to do it as you know new things about different cultures.
Chicago is named the “city of neighborhoods” so you can conclude this has given place to the creation of many ethnic restaurants… and… let me tell you.. they’re amazing!! So let’s begin exploring the best places to satisfy your taste buds and curiosity.
In Chicago West Loop you will find a Greek town!… shellfish and flamed cheese are only the principal dish at restaurants like: Athena, Roditys and Santorini…. Absolutely fantastic!!!
Walking a bit more to the south, you will find the little Italy and Taylor Street.. walk a little bit more and you’ll see the Old Italy, a perfect town to have your own Pasta Party! Mamma mia!!!
Now, keep traveling from one to other side of the world just by walking a few blocks… I mean… we must never forget Chinatown!!… (Personally, I love Chinese food!), there’s a majestic gate that marks the official entrance to the place in which you’ll taste a great variety of delighting flavors born in Asia: Minghin Restaurant. (At this point I can’t give any expressions in chinese… I mean… no idea! haha!)
And in case you’re still enough hungry to continue with the world’s gastronomy research (if so, it’s like… Omg! what the heck kind of gulping down machine are you?) you’re lucky to find Chicago’s own version of Bombay!, full of bakeries, Indian and pakistanies shops and, of course, awesome resturants such as India House and Indian Garden just in the area of Michigan Avenue.
As you can see (at least read ’till this point), ethnic gastronomy is an essencial part of sightseeing in this beautiful city, many cultures can be imagined and lived for a while by yourself while eating their plates… but… we can really speak about a “food colonization” if thinking of the more than 180 thai restaurants located all around the city… Just go figure! they don’t even have a specific “town” to work as others.. People in Chicago definetly love this kind of food!… an absolutely recommended among these ones?… Star of Siam!, this might be the first thai restaurant placed ever in the city… the oldest and the greatest one! You’ll find it in Illinois Street, right in the east of State Street.
Finally, if you prefer a fast option after having a lot of fun in family (which usually makes you feel reaaally hungry…) and you’ve been spending your day in the downtown, don’t hesitate in looking for the River North neighborhood, in which you’ll have several options (really close one to others) to enjoy together the lunch… Rock N’ Roll Mc Donalds, Ed Debevic’s, The Rain Forest Café and Portillo’s are only 8 to 9 blocks after the Michigan avenue’s bridge, so, there’s no reason for staying cooking at the room’s kitchen… You came to Chicago to enjoy holidays and food’s definetly waiting for your palate!…
Leave the diet at home and start living vacations the way only you deserve! Yummy!!!