Last weekend, I adventured out to Wicker Park with a few friends. It was a gorgeous day and after walking around for a couple of hours, we ended up a cozy beer garden called Northside.
We all ordered a Great Lakes Dopplerock (delicious!). Naturally, I also ordered and proceeded to demolish a bacon burger with a fried egg on a pretzel bun. Since our food was delayed for almost an hour, the waitress offered us some chips and guac, FREE SHOTS, and dessert–all on the house. The food was decent, but the atmosphere made the night even more enjoyable–especially the music–one of the perks of being in Hipsterville. No top 40, just great indie bands like Arcade Fire, Band of Horses and Freelance Whales.
Free food, free alcohol and four hours to just relax with friends–a pretty sweet deal. Unfortunately, we ate so much we didn’t make it to iCream! But that just means I’ll have to make another trip soon.
Does it get any better?
Last Friday, was one of the best days I’ve ever had in Chicago. While walking around, my friend and I found the Tamales Spaceship!! Very exciting. I’ve been wanting to track this truck down since I saw it on UrbanDaddy. Tamales Spaceship was started by a couple of ex-Fronterra bartenders. On whim, we bought steak tamales with mole from a man with a hilarious Mexican mask. While it was no Fronterra, the tamales were pretty decent, given they came from a truck.
Next, I went to my favorite cupcake shop, More Cupcakes, where Unique Sweets, a new show on the Cooking Channel. I had a pear, walnut goat cheese cupcake that was absolutely mind-blowing. Sound weird? I was a savory cupcake skeptic until I had this one at More. The Salted Caramel and Maple Bacon cupcakes are also excellent, but really, they are all great. Getting hungry just thinking about it. yummm.
Afterwards, my friend and I went to Kuma’s Corner, a grunge-rock inspired burger joint. Kuma’s is no ordinary burger joint. They’ve got a cool combo of death-metal, waffle fries, great craft beers, whiskey on tap and amazing food. All of their burgers are named after rock bands and are cooked to perfection.
We shared two burgers
- Lair of the Minotaur – Caramelized Onions, Pancetta, Brie, Bourbon Soaked Pear. The perfect trifecta of sweet, smokey and savory.
- Plague Bringer – Roasted Garlic Mayo, Tortilla Strips, House Made Hot Sauce, Fresh Garlic, Pepper Jack, Sliced Jalapenos. EPIC.
We were so full after dinner, we ended up walking 3 miles back to the Belmont El Stop– the perfect end to an amazing delicious day.