Monday, February 29

Recent Foodie Finds

Happy Monday! After a delicious weekend, I'm back with some more recent foodie finds!

Snaggletooth


Chicago Deli
Smoked Trout Tartine and Bagel with Honey Walnut Schmear
There's a brand new deli in my Lakeview 'hood called Snaggletooth, and they're doing some pretty fabulous things. Snaggletooth is a cute two-level cafe near Southport and Diversey that specializes in house-cured fish. I stopped by on opening day with the BF and luckily we got there before 11 am, because they were only open from 9-11 am since they ran out of food! Totally understandable.

I loved their interior touches, including the original mosaic floor.

Chicago Deli
Snaggletooth
Chicago Deli
Original Floor
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Interior Design Goals
The menu includes tartines, salads, grain bowls, sweet breakfasts, and bagels and schmear from their schmear bar. You can also order house-cured fish by the 1/4 pound. 

Chicago Deli
Menu Board
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Cured Fish Menu Board
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House-cured Fish
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Schmear Bar
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New York Bagel & Bialy Bagels
The BF ordered an everything bagel (they gave him a poppy seed bagel though) and topped it with honey walnut schmear. The bagel was griddled on the sliced side, but the outer side was a little rubbery. The schmear was tasty but had a runny texture. I'm not sure if it was just sitting out too long or what, but most of the schmears had a similar appearance.

Chicago Deli
Bagel with Honey Walnut Schmear
I ordered what can be called the most Instagram-worthy bagel, the trout lox tartine (OK it's really not a tartine, it's a bagel with toppings). The bagel was topped with scallion schmear, watermelon radish, smoked cippolini onions, and trout lox. This bagel had the same issue as the BF's, but other than that, I enjoyed the balance of flavors and textures. The fish was very tender but I really wanted it to have more flavor.

Chicago Deli
Trout Lox Tartine, Radish, Smoked Cippolini Onions, Scallion Schmear
One major plus is they serve Sparrow Coffee (my fave). I was disappointed to hear they don't make their own bagels (they get them from New York Bagel & Bialy), especially since we have very few decent bagel options in the city, let alone in Lakeview! I want to give Snaggletooth another chance since I did go opening day and they definitely deserve a second look. I will say, their prices are not cheap, but neither is high quality fish.

I'm giving Snaggletooth 3.5 ghosts out of 5.


25 Degrees
25 Degrees Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Have you heard the news? 25 Degrees recently opened a second location in Wicker Park near Division and Damen! Named after the temperature difference between a raw and well-done burger, 25 Degrees has some pretty hefty burgers, fries, and shakes!

I stopped by for weekend brunch to check out two of their newest burgers, the number five lamb burger with tzatziki, red onion, feta, and roasted tomatoes, as well as the number six burger with double beef patties, American cheese, mustard, pickles, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and thousand island! Oh yea, and a side of sweet potato fries, onion rings, and a chocolate banana milkshake for good measure. Tough job I have.

Wicker Park
Burgers, Fries, Onion Rings and a Chocolate Banana Milkshake
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Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Wicker Park
Burger Five and Burger Six
I kid you not, I loved burger five, and burger six just might be my new favorite in Chicago. Yes, I said it. But just look at those photos! They kinda speak for themselves.

Wicker Park
Burger Six
Elixir
Elixir Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Elixir Andersonville
, the sister restaurant to Elixir Lounge in Lakeview, recently launched their new dinner menu. I stopped by to taste test various items off the menu, as well as cocktails from their inventive drink menu. Mixologist Vlad Novikov is a cocktail master! When I met him I could instantly tell how much he loves what he does. I tried several cocktails including a VERY strong seasonal Old Fashioned, and a drink called I'm Not Your Sweetheart that starts out sweet, and then gets bitter. Get it? :)

Andersonville
Seasonal Old Fashioned & Whiskey Sour
Andersonville
Queen of Hearts & I'm Not Your Sweetheart
Some highlights of the menu included a beautiful shrimp ceviche with bell pepper, avocado, cucumber, seaweed salad, orange and grapefruit segments, and wasabi tobiko!

Andersonville
Shrimp Ceviche
While most restaurants these days serve Brussels sprouts, Elixir's pan-seared version includes an addicting sofrito aioli for dipping. They are super crispy, slightly charred, and oh so flavorful!

Andersonville
Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts
Another hit was the braised beef short rib with sweet potato puree, crispy shallots, and a red wine sauce. It was incredibly tender and the epitome of winter comfort food.

Andersonville
Braised Beef Short Rib
I'm a sucker for dessert, and if I go somewhere with bread pudding on the dessert menu, it's all over. Elixir's version featured rich chocolate and caramel, and was extremely warm and gooey. Don't leave without trying it!

Andersonville
Bread Pudding
Elixir is more than just a perfect spot for enjoying drinks with friends, it's also a great choice for dinner. I was impressed with the quality, freshness, and presentation of the dishes I tried, and it's definitely worthy of a repeat Ghost Guest visit!

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya

Heads up! There's a new ramen spot opening this week in Wicker Park. I got a sneak peek of Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya last week which is the first Midwest location for Japanese-based Kizuki. The company was founded in 2003 in Japan and now has more than 20 locations in Tokyo, as well as US locations in Washington and Oregon.

The Wicker Park location is in the former MAX's Wine Dive spot, but you would never know since they've completely transformed the space. It's sleek, modern, and lively.

Wicker Park
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya
Wicker Park
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya
Kizuki offers made-to-order ramen with a variety of broths, toppings, and four different types of noodles. Bowls range in price from $9-13. In addition to ramen, they serve 18 izakaya small plates including gyoza, chicken wings, and prawn cutlet, as well as a full bar with sake, Japanese whiskey, and beer.

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Ramen Menu
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Prawn Cutlet
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Gyoza
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Chicken Wings
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Sake Bar
I tried the yuzu shio ramen which featured a citrus, pork, and chicken base. This was a lighter broth than typical ramen but I really loved the citrus flavor. I had never seen a citrus-based broth before!

Wicker Park
Yuzu Shio Ramen
My favorite ramen though was the spicy ramen with a rich pork broth, housemade blend of chilies, garlic, and spices. The broth wasn't too spicy but had wonderfully rich flavor. You can top your bowl of ramen with a variety of extras including egg, bean sprouts, or mushrooms, or swap out ingredients.

Wicker Park
Spicy Ramen
Kizuki emphasizes how they make their four ramen broths from scratch daily. They first roast chicken and pork bones before making the broth, which creates a rich flavor that doesn't have the gaminess or strong smell that pork can have.

Be sure to stop by Kizuki this Friday, March 4th as they open their doors for lunch and dinner!

3 Greens Market

The third time's the charm for Brendan Sodikoff's multi-use space on Hubbard and Orleans. If you'll recall, this space has housed Dillman's, Cocello, and now is home to 3 Greens Market.  3 Greens is a hybrid concept offering the best of Sodikoff's Hogsalt Hospitality venues, plus a hot bar and salad bar.

River North
3 Greens Market
So what can you get? Basically the best of everything: Dillman's pastrami sandwiches, cheeseburgers from Small Cheval, brisket and pulled pork from Green Street Smoked Meats, breads from Bavette's, and coffee and doughnuts from Doughnut Vault! Yes, this is what dreams are made of. Plus there's a bar with wine, beer, and cocktails. 

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3 Greens Market
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Hot & Cold Bars
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Salad Bar
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Hot Bar
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Pastrami Sandwich & Fries
It's a great spot for a grab and go lunch, or you can stay awhile in one of the comfy chairs or couches. Think of it as a lunch room/coffee shop/lounge that just so happens to have a putt putt golf green. Go figure.
River North
Putt Putt Golf
For someone like me who loves everything Brendan Sodikoff does, I'm giving this concept no less than 5 ghosts out of 5! You really can do no wrong here. I tried the pastrami and fries and was not disappointed! 






Note: my meals at Elixir, 25 Degrees, and Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya were complimentary; however, all opinions are my own.

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