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Our last minute trip found us on a 6:55am PST flight to Chicago.  With McD’s in our tummies we relaxed, chatted, watched tv, and listened to music during the 4 hr flight on Virgin America.

4 hours of flying later o.O needless to say, we were ready to eat as soon as we touched down.  We freshened up, bought our CTA 3 day unlimited passes and made our journey to SMOQUE BBQ.

Rib Combo - Half Slab Baby Back Ribs, Half Slab St. Louis Ribs, choice of 2 sides; photo courtesy of D

I liked that their menu isn’t extensive, makes me feel like their is a delicious focus going on in there, and there is.  We wanted to try everything, but opted for the combo, with french fries, cole slaw, and mac & cheese.  French fries were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, loved them! Don’t know if I can say that I’ve ever had french fries like this before.  Not that I’ve never had crisp french fries, but I can’t really describe how these french fries tasted, but they were delicious.  Mac & Cheese had a nice cruncy top and then it just melted it your mouth.  Cole Slaw was light and fresh, definitely preferred this as opposed to the generic stuff you find.  I dove into the ribs before I could decide which was which.  Both were delicious, one was a little meatier (I think it was the baby back ribs).  and whatever BBQ sauce they gave us was GOOOOOD.  I’m not a huge BBQ sauce fan, but I could’ve eaten this all day.

We made our way into Downtown Chicago, and did a little touristy photo session at the Bean at Millenium Park.  We were having so much fun at the bean, that we often forgot that our luggage was sitting somewhere behind us.  Thank goodness everyone in Chicago is sooooo NICE!

Playing with the Bean @ Millenium Park. Those 4 folks lined up are us trying a jumping picture

After fun with the bean, we finally settled down at our friend’s place that’s studying in Chicago. [BIG THANKS to our hostesses!!!]

From there we made our way to Wrigley Field.  How could you go to Chicago and not go to Wrigley Field?!  I love the feel of the stadium, embodies all that is baseball.  I don’t know what the stadium looked like in 1914, but I could imagine that it hasn’t changed much.

food searching

me hopping down the steps

Wrigley Field

Wrigly Field Scoreboard outside. They won this game 6-3

We ate, we cheered, we laughed, met other Giants fans, made friends with Cubs fans, and then we were hungry again.  Surprised? We did a quick search for another spot on the list: Giordano’s. Bout half a mile walking distance? PERFECT!  We got in there ordered, stuffed ourselves silly (after only one slice) and then tried to stay awake from food coma as we made our way back home.


Giordano's large Special, hold the bell peppers...

Free Breaded Mushrooms with any order of a large deep dish! September Deal

The pizza was good and satisfying, but not the best in my book.  It’s very cheese heavy, lots of mozzarella.  I love my mozzarella, but too much makes my stomache feel so heavy, and a little painful.  The crust, however, was delcious.  Not your ordinary pizza crust.  It was very flaky, reminded me of a good pastry crust.  I also loved the fresh garlic that was baked on top.  The breaded mushrooms, which we almost missed the deal on, was pretty good.  I love mushrooms, so how could I go wrong?  The breaded mushrooms must’ve been baked, b/c they weren’t oily.  I would’ve kept snacking away on them if I wasn’t so stuffed with cheese.

Coincidentally enough, all of the things we ate, required us to eat with our hands.  Okay, so I cheated a bit and used a knife and fork to get started on the deep dish.  I honestly don’t know what I’d be doing in Chicago if I weren’t going to all these places to eat.