Resident Foodies say: It’s always nice to see a restaurant improves its dishes. My Thai restaurant in the West Loop in Chicago downsized its menu, eliminating sushi and focusing on Thai dishes–which makes sense, given the name. We went in to have the sushi, but, given the change in the menu this year, we had a bunch of Thai dishes. My Thai has upped its game. Dishes tasted more flavorful. We really liked the Pad kra pow chicken with a fried egg on top.
Resident Foodies: Robust rosa kale spinach salad at Left Coast
Resident Foodies say: We ventured out to Left Coast, a cute cafe that specializes in organic, locally sourced food, juices, and smoothies. Today, we tried the Robust Rosa salad, consisting of kale, spinach, roasted broccoli, red onion, roasted tomato, toasted hemp seeds, avocado caesar dressing. It was fresh, healthy, and very tasty. We also tried the Light My Fire cold pressed juice (kale, spinach, romaine, cilantro, jalapeño, bell pepper, lime, sea salt) and the Fairways and Greens smoothie (spinach, apple, banana, avocado, spirulina, matcha tea, agave, lemon juice). Both were creative combinations, perfect for those who love veggie juice.
Resident Foodies: Salmon sandwich at Esencia Urban Kitchen
Resident Foodies say: To celebrate President’s Day, we treated ourselves to brunch at our favorite neighborhood breakfast place, Esencia Urban Kitchen. Today, we had the salmon sandwich, made with salmon, jalapeno spread, red onions, tomatoes, capers, ciabatta bread. The combination is oh so tasty. Yum yum.
Resident Foodies: Pesto chicken grilled cheese sandwich at Esencia Urban Kitchen
Resident Foodies say: We went back to Esencia Urban Kitchen on this amazing spring-like day. We tried the pesto chicken grilled cheese sandwich. It’s delicious. Grilled chicken breast, house pesto, red peppers, red onions, white cheddar on sourdough, what more can you ask for?
The Dish: Market mushroom pizza at Starbelly in San Francisco
Resident Foodies say: Continuing our post on Starbelly in the Castro, the second pizza we had was the pizza with market mushrooms, cave aged gruyère, thyme & roasted onions. The butternut squash pizza really wowed us (click here for the review), but the mushroom pizza was a nice complement to our meal.
Frietkoten Belgian Fries at French Market in Ogilvie train station
Resident Foodies say: We tried these excellent Belgian Fries with three dipping sauces at the French Market in the Ogilvie train station. Served in a wire basket resembling an ice cream cone of fries, these fries are thick, but not too thick, and prepared for each order. They take a while to prepare, but they are well worth the wait.