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The Perfect Day of Eating in Chicago’s West Loop

In Chicago, dining and drinking is a full-fledged tourist attraction in and of itself,  Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Right up there with other world-famous institutions like the Bean, the Willis Tower and Navy Pier. Eating in Chicago’s West Loop Considering this, strategy is important when planning out a day of dining in the big city, as coordinated […]

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May 19, 2018 02:41 AM
Cinco de Mayo Guide, 2018 to Dining and Drinking

Cinco de Mayo: Where to dine and drink on Mexican cuisine and cocktails for May 5. One of the liveliest and most colorful food- and drink-filled holidays of the year is almost here, and all over Chicago, restaurants and bars are gearing up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From cocktail specials to full-blown parties, here’s where […]

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May 09, 2018 04:21 AM
Weekly Planner: Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco and New Spring Menus

Wheel Wednesdays @ Antique Taco Though spring in Chicago is notoriously finicky and fickle, one good indicator that warm weather is near is the onset of food truck season at Antique Taco. More specifically, the restaurant’s sprawling Bridgeport location is kicking into spring gear with its “Wheel Wednesdays” series, which invites a handful of different food […]

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May 02, 2018 11:35 PM

Sweeten Up Sandwich Month With Chicago's Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

August being National Sandwich Month and the dog days of summer, it's the best time of year for an ice cream sandwich. Two birds, one stone. Fortunately, Chicago is filled with unique ice cream sandwich offerings, from classic to contemporary. Here are some of the best versions to try around town. 

 

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Momotaro; photo by Christine Domino



Momotaro: A far cry from your standard ice cream sandwich fare, the versions being served at Momotaro this season uniquely fuse American pastimes with Japanese influence. They're made with matcha and Okinawa black sugar ice creams, sandwiched between dark chocolate brownies. Altogether, the decadent sweetness and fudgy qualities of the brownies are a nice accent and balance with the herbal, heady notes of the ice creams. 

Firecakes: There's an indulgent behemoth at Firecakes that is pretty much the opposite of classic nostalgia. Unless you grew up eating doughnut ice cream sandwiches, that is. Made by splitting glazed doughnuts across the middle and filling them with different flavors of ice cream and chocolate sauce, it’s a one-two punch of comfort food at its most decadent. 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams: In terms of ice cream sandwiches, it doesn't get much more precious than the sweet sandwiches at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. The Columbus, Ohio-based scoop shop features beautiful and unique flavor combos, most of which are served between huge macarons instead of typical cookies. Examples include the orchid vanilla sandwich with vanilla bean ice cream and black currant jam on purple almond macarons; the chocolate hazelnut with dark chocolate ice cream and roasted hazelnuts on hazelnut macarons; and salty caramel with Jeni's signature salty caramel ice cream served on almond macarons with chopped smoked almonds. 

Amorino: Ice cream sandwiches are downright dainty and adorable at Amorino, as the Parisian gelato shop peddles macaron ice cream “sandwiches” in vivid flavors like mango, pistachio, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. 

BomboBar: One of the most indulgent and comforting sandwiches of the season is the gelato bombolini sandwiches being served at BomboBar alongside Bar Siena. For summer, the inventive sweets shop handily combines its famous Italian donuts with its gelato, splitting the freshly fried pastries down the middle and stuffing them with various gelato flavors. They come sprinkled with fun toppings like Fruity Pebbles, too. 

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Founded in 2002 by two Italian childhood friends, Amorino is the very essence of traditional Italian gelato. With many shops worldwide, Amorino is already well established as the go to...


La Madia partner/chef Jonathan Fox has jumped onto the doughnut trend with this sweet offering that's in the same area as his Italian-focused eatery. Firecakes specializes in from-scratch, small-batch doughnuts,...

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The first Chicago location of Columbus, Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams sets up shop on Southport. The whimsical ice creamery specializes in offbeat, creative flavors that include perennial picks and...

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