Every year when it comes time to celebrate my birthday, I definitely feel the pressure to plan celebratory meals that will suit the occasion. With so many amazing restaurants in the city, it's hard enough to narrow down a list of must-try restaurants, but I was able to do it this year.
I wanted to dine al fresco on my bday, so for lunch the BF and I went to a cute cafe in our new 'hood. Baker & Nosh is a bakery and cafe in Uptown, serving homemade baked goods, and a selection of soups, salads and sandwiches. We both ordered some of their gigantic sandwiches which came on freshly baked bread. I had the roast beef with pickled onion, arugula, and horseradish mayo on sourdough, while the BF tried the BLT which was also served on sourdough.
We were celebrating afterall, so we also grabbed a huge square brownie. One bite of this decadent dessert and I was in heaven. This was the best brownie I have ever tasted. Ever. It was flaky on top and super rich and fudgy in the middle. You could tell it was made with high quality chocolate. And a lot of butter. And Love. If anything, go for the brownie!!!
|Fudge Brownie at Baker & Nosh|
|Ambiance at The Aviary|
|Prix Fixe Menu at The Aviary|
|Menu at The Aviary|
|90 Miles from Mexico and Tropic Thunder|
|Foie Gras Snickers Bar|
|Kitchen at The Aviary|
|Outdoor Seating at The Aviary|
|Entrance to Nightwood|
|Kitchen at Nightwood from the Chef's Table|
|Daily Menu at Nightwood|
|Amazing Foccacia and Artichoke Tapenade|
|Burrata Ravioli, Sweet Peppers, Sausage|
|Cantaloupe, Habanero, Sea Salt, Queso Fresco, Green Coriander|
|Spaghetti alla Chitarra, Bacon, Chili, Tomato|
|Trout, Sweet Corn, Bacon, Green Beans, Onion, Honey, Chilis, Fava Bean Aioli|
|Dessert Menu at Nightwood|
|Plate of Homemade Cookies|
|Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream|
|Chifrijo: Fried Pork, Black Beans, Rice, Pico de Gallo, Avocado & Lizano Sauce|
|Cabbage Salad with Beets, Cucumber, Avocado, Radish, Tomato & Cilantro|
I told the BF that all I really wanted on my bday was a cake from my favorite Chicago bakery, Sweet Mandy B's. He came through with a gigantic 12 inch chocolate cake with buttercream frosting that we ate at the end of our meal at Irazu. We were eating cake for days after and I'm already wishing everyday was my birthday so I could have this cake again. Seriously, it's that good.
|Sweet Mandy B's (and Mandy T's!) Birthday Cake|
As you can see, a lot of food and beverage was consumed in celebration of my birth and I would highly recommend all of these places! From the brownie at Baker & Nosh, to the Chifrijo at Irazu, it was a memorable (and filling) few days!
Where do you like to celebrate your birthday?
Baker & Nosh
Sweet Mandy B's