The Ultimate Chicago Foodie Bucket List

The Ultimate Chicago Foodie Bucket List

Foodies, listen up.

As a native Chicagoan (well, okay, Chicago suburbian), I have been to Chicago countless times, and one of the number one reasons is because of the food. Sure, there are other cities such as New York and Los Angeles with amazing, hard to beat, food, but I believe Chicago wins the trophy. Here are nine places you may want to try on your next Windy City trip.

1. Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

Three words: Oreo. S'more. Pancakes. From many different varieties of pancakes, french toast, and waffles, to classic breakfasts, none of your choices can be wrong. This popular brunch destination has a HUGE menu, so there is something for everyone. The wait can be very long due to its popularity, but it is well worth it. Tip: Try the kiwi lemonade!

2. Sprinkles Cupcakes

Chicago isn't Chicago without a Sprinkles cupcake. Although you can find this sweet cupcake shop in other cities such as Orlando and Houston, this place completes the Chicago experience. These cupcakes are topped with mounds of sweet frosting and the cake is flavorful and delicious. They even sell "pupcakes" for your furry friends! Tip: I recommend the lemon cupcake!

3. Lou Malnati's Pizza

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, beats Chicago style deep-dish, especially New York. Chicago is the best spot for pizza in the United States. It stars with a thick buttery crust, topped with slices of cheese and then covered in tomato sauce. I'm salivating right now just thinking about it. Tip: Lou Malnati's also has thin crust pizza, salads, and more!

4. Bombo Bar

Bombo Bar is small, but a cute little shop connected to Bar Siena. It's most famous for its hot chocolate, which comes in flavors such as Smore's (served with a smore's donut, Hershey's chocolate bar, and a cookie) and Funfetti (served with a funfetti donut and a cookie). Bombo Bar serves other items as well such as gelato and donuts that you can fill yourself! Tip: Bombo Bar also has a matcha drink!

5. Eataly

Although there is a shop located in New York as well, Eataly is an amazing place for your Chi-town bucket list. It boasts a meat station, focaccia station, pasta station, gelato station, and even a Nutella station which serves crepes! Tip: The focaccia is delicious!

6. 3 Arts Cafe

Located inside one of the largest Restoration Hardwares to ever exist, this cafe is the epitome of beauty and class. The atmosphere is what attracts Chicagoans and even non-Chicagoans alike. The room is decked out in fountains, chandeliers, and plants. What's even more amazing is the food. Tip: Try the truffled grilled cheese. It's buttery, crispy, melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

7. Sweet Mandy B's

Sweet Mandy B's is probably one of the most unique bakeries in Chicago. From cookie dough sandwiches to mint chocolate brownies, this sugar shop has a large variety of treats for everyone. Tip: Try the frosting-topped sugar cookie. It's huge but amazingly yummy.

8. Summer House Santa Monica

It's beautiful here, and the atmosphere is gorgeous. This restaurant basically feels like you're smack dab in the middle of L.A. As well as being artsy, the food is great. You can choose from pizzas, salads, and many more salivating items. Tip: The cookie skillet with ice cream is pretty damn great.

9. The Hampton Social

We all know that Chicagoans flock here for the atmosphere and the "Rose all Day" sign. But along with that, the food is great. You can choose from seafood entrees, salads, and pizzas. Tip: Take a picture by the sign!

If you're planning on visiting Chicago soon, I would definitely try a couple of these places. It will make your trip well worth it!

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Almost 100 Percent Of What Servers Say Earning Your 20 Percent Tip Is BS

Here it is.... the truth.

So, if you don’t know, I am a waitress.

I deal with, so many different types of people and I have learned how to handle each kind of person.

I have had so many people that make my day a little brighter and then there are always those people that can easily bring me down.

No matter what, I always keep a smile on my face and give the customers the best service possible.

But I am ready to unleash all the thoughts I have built up for some of these customers.

So here it is, what servers want to actually say to you.

When I first walk up to the table and introduce myself:

What I say: Hello! My name is Maddie I am going to be taking care of you, can I start you off with anything else to drink other than water? Any appetizers?

What I want to say: Hi my dudes, let’s get this over with, c’mon what do you want to drink. Get a bottle of wine or something expensive.

When a customer asks me what exactly is on tap, or want to know every single kind of wine we have and what they all taste like:

What I say: *grabs drink list OFF THE TABLE IN FRONT OF THEM* here you are, I have a hard time remembering some of the drafts because we have newly featured ones all the time. Also, I can get you a wine recommendation if you would like.

What I want to say: Uh hello, the list is right in FREAKING FRONT OF YOU!!!!!!! Look at the list, and then ask me questions! K BYE.

When I come back with drinks and they ask me if I am going to bring out rolls:

What I say: Yeah, I can bring out some rolls! Would you like any appetizers or anything? Were we ready to order dinner?

What I want to say: *laughing* uhhhh you have been sitting here for a good three minutes please wait until I set your vodka soda down before asking about some crusty bread Tina. Thanks bye.

When a customer asks me what sides we have:

What I say: All of our sides are at the bottom of the menu, and we have mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, fries, mac and cheese, onion rings, etc.

What I want to say: READ THE MENU. THEN ASK QUESTIONS. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

When I bring out the rare steak the customer ordered and they complain:

What I say: I can take it back to the kitchen and we will get it fixed right away!

What I want to say: ARE YOU JOKING. If you didn’t want it mooing and running around your plate then you shouldn’t have ordered it rare!!!!!!! CMON!!!

When I bring out the bills and a customer jokes around and says "I thought you were paying!?":

What I say: *laughs and walks away*

What I want to say: HAHAHA YOU THOUGHT. ME? PAY? After making $3 an hour plus your sh*tty tip. Yeah right.

When a customer asks me if the tip is included:

What I say: No, it is not, you have to include that when you sign the slip! Thank you!

What I want to say: ……..are.you.joking? *starts screaming*

When I go the table for the last time and say goodbye:

What I say: Thank you so much for coming in, have a great night! Come see us again!

What I want to say: Alright get to moving, I want to go home. I hope you tipped me good, seeeeee yaaaa. Peace out my dudes.

So there it all is. I laid it all out there.

Those are just a few things that I want to say to servers but instead I keep a smile on my face and stay kind and nice. It takes A LOT of work to maintain a nice personality and put up with the handful of people that come through the restaurant I work at.

So there you all go, how I truly feel and what I want to say to you.

P.S. - I am really sorry if I have ever served you before. Lol. Don't take it personally. :)

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If You Want The Most Relaxing Weekend Getaway From NYC, Go To Tulum, Mexico

Escape the freezing temperatures and head to the sunny beaches.

With below freezing temperatures upon us in NYC, the white sand beaches and warm temperatures of Tulum, Mexico sound ever appealing. Tulum is located just a short two-hour drive south of the busy city of Cancun, Mexico. The numerous daily direct flights out of NYC make this trip truly seamless.

This small rustic town and laid-back vibe is the ultimate weekend getaway from the fast-paced lifestyle you’re surrounded by in New York City. Get out of the tundra and head over to your beach life get away. Grab some friends and your bathing suits and head over to Tulum for the most relaxing weekend of your life.

Tulum is special because you can interact with all the locals and experience their easy-going way of life. You truly get to immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and you get a sense of their spirituality.

This small, rustic town promotes a healthy, positive lifestyle in the sense that everything is fresh and requires physical activity.

The narrow streets, lacking room for cars, push the tourists to live like the locals and either ride bikes or walk everywhere. You have the opportunity to take long walks on the white sand beaches and stop at one of the many beachfront hotels for a quick lunch.



Most boutique hotels you stumble into offer moonlight yoga on the beach with the ability to channel all of your energy into the sound of the relaxing waves. Be sure to take advantage of the beachside massages offered by the hotels. After spending an entire day laying out its time to head over to a trendy dinner where the chefs are sure to take advantage of the local, fresh ingredients.


Must-see hotels:

  1. BeTulum
  2. Nomad
  3. Sanara
  4. Casa Malca

Must-see restaurants:

  1. Hartwood
  2. Raw Love
  3. The Real Coconut @Sanara hotel
  4. Posada Margarita

Must-see bars:

  1. Gitano
  2. Casa Jaguar
  3. Taqueria La Eufemia
  4. La Zebra

Safe travels!

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