on our second day in chicago, we met my uncle & two cousins for brunch at a new yummy place called waffles. gourmet waffles, sandwiches & intelligentsia coffee. what more could you ask for?! so yummy! it was super busy but such a great atmosphere.
we said our goodbyes to the cleveland crew and spent the afternoon exploring wicker park. it's the super eclectic part of town... overflowing with vintage stores, boutiques, locally owned restaurants, coffee & tea shops and a hodge podge of other random businesses.
as the sun was beginning to set, we caught a bus back to the oak st/rush st/michigan ave area to find a place to have dinner. a friend had recommended a place called the purple pig so we decided to check it out...and fell in love. perfect way to wrap up our day!
My waffle flight: Leige waffle w/ cream & blackberry sauce | Green Tea waffle w/ lemon ginger Chantilly cream, ground pistatio & candied ginger | Red Velvet waffle w/ strawberry compote, whipped cream cheese & candied walnuts | Mexican Chocolate Waffle w/ orange Anglaise, spicy cocoa powder & shaved dark chocolate
Aunt Laura's Red Velvet waffles
Wicker Park -- swankiest Walgreens I have EVER seen!
Native Foods. delish!
We grabbed a snack of Roasted Corn & Basil Polenta Bites, watermelon fresca & lavender lemonade. yumm.
got some super yummy tea here!
it was so cold that we stepped inside a corner laundry mat to warm up while waiting for our bus:)
Oak Street/Rush Street
they were giving away samples of her favorite chocolate!! yay!
The Purple Pig. cheese,swine & wine. amazing small plates place.
the lighting was dim so the pictures of food aren't great... but what we ate was delicous!!
Fried Brussel Sprouts w. thyme, lemon & red pepper flakes
Butternut Squash w. pumpkin seeds, brown butter & ricotta salata cheese
Salt Roasted Beets w. whipped goat cheese & pistachio vinaigrette
Panino Con Nutella (Nutella, banana & marshmallow panini sandwich)
it was super crowded & the table wait was 2 hours but the bar was first come first serve so we got seats there & had a birds eye view of the chef's cooking!