26 July 2009

Chicago Top 10 Food Listing

This post had been sitting in my draft for so long! Fuhhh….finally people is up now! :)

Every single time I blog about Chicago, I get so excited & enthusiast. If you were to see me talking about it, i will have my body language all over & even people sitting a few tables away will want to have a glance of me. (I am that dramatic =p)

This food ranking is done solely by me according to my taste & savour. I may find it to be very very DEELICIOUSS & scrumptious, but you might not because you may have not the same taste as I do.


However I am sure, this is America. Everything should & must be nice. No tolerance / No assumption, all must be at the standard.

Let’s do the count down from 10 :) I supposed this should be the right number. Fyi, all food are absolutely delectable but this listing by me is those that I picked out from every single food I tried to be in the top 10.

#10 McDonald


I know you will wonder why of all is McDonalds! The thing is McD is much more appetizing than any ever McD we could taste in Msia. Trust me not? The beef is that juicy & tender. USD 5 for a meal. Very reasonable for them. Even McValue Lunch cannot be RM5. Wth!


#9 Starbucks

Fuhh!! Again another why of all is Starbucks? Well, this is where starbucks was born. Definitely, you have to take this opportunity to experience the originality of it.

Slurping away in Starbuck, Deerbrook.

The generous Starbuck sandwich! Overlapping ham & thick cheese!

In USA, starbucks is very reasonable & act as Kopitiam in USA. But Malaysians have treated Starbucks as luxury coffee & hang outs to the higher class people.

#8 Italian Kitchen

I dropped by quiet late, when the restaurant was near to closing. But we were greeted very friendly by the waitress which made us sited at a corner. She was still willing to serve us and the kitchen was not packing up yet, so we were still able to place our order. Lucky!


Clockwise : #1 Meat Lasagna (Price not available : forgot) #2 King Cut Strip Steak $18.95 #3 Seafood Risotto $17.95

Description :-

1 Meat Lasagna - Layers of homemade noodles nestled between ricotta, ground sirloin & seasonings, topped with cheese and baked. " A solid brick of flavor"

2 King Cut Striap Steak - Hand trimmed, garlic parmagiana crusted, NY strip steak. Served with a side of pasta.

3 Seafood Risotto - creamy Italian Rice topped with mussels, clams & shrimp

#7 Ilfornio Pizza

750 Osterman Ave.

Deerfield, IL 60015


Nothing special though. However better still comparing Pizza Hut or Domino’s or Shakey’s Pizza. MMmm… I should recommend Giordano Pizza. Best known in Chicago for it is cook with firewood. I only came across that restaurant in city but the time was approaching evening which I had to catch a train back home.
Please note, every pizza that you order, you need to allocate 45minutes for the pizza to be served.

Look this is baked potato portion for 1 person only. As big as our palms. CRAZY!

Locate the nearest outlet to you and prepare your order here.


# 6 Riva Restaurant

Oyster! Sekalian yang amat suka osyter ini boleh membunuh! Terlalu sedap. For me, I don't really know how to eat oyster so can't comment much. Like my dad, oyster fan! So he knows very well. The price for per piece is $6

The only fine dining restaurant I had in my entire trip. Its costly though but at least one try like my dad said. We travel all the way, passing through the Pacific Ocean, why not experience once in our lifetime? Right?

# 5 Applebee’s




I ate this in Milwaukee. Yay! Fabulous. The interior design are quite similar with TGIFriday. Many frames filled the wall and the cosy feel. When I was going through the menu, I could not decide what to eat because I wanted to try every single dish. OH MY GOODNESS!


Really luring! Applebees [dot] com. The melting cheese…ArGh! Americans really love the meat to be overcooked with black spots. They find them to be very yummy, but for health conscious please do inform waiter upon placing your order.

I actually ordered a drink - ??? but when I tasted it, I find it to be awful. No worries! You can change without charges!!! WITHOUT ok. This is USA!! :))))))) They replaced in with Sparkling Kiwi. Very GOOD!


# 4 Boston Market



Surprisingly, this is the only place that serve small portion in Chicago! In Malaysia, we find it to be normal, hello, but not in America, this could not even filled ¼ of their stomach. Here is one of the place that I found my love for best beef brisket. *slurp* Talking about the gravy, ah man! I always believed gravy makes very much difference once it is added. Even if you had a tight budget in food spending, with $5 you could have a number of favourites to choose from.

Read more at bostonmarket dot com.


It is a chain restaurant, so you could locate them in other states than in Chicago.
Here is the particular place that I had dined in.


Boston Market #152

Lake Cook & Waukegan S/SWC
160 C South Waukegan Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

# 3 Stoney River Legendary Steak House


Never taste mashed sweet potatoes! I've got that....very sweet indeed. No sugar added. It is original sweeeetttt like me. ;P

OH MYYYY!!! Rib eye?! Lamb rib? This is the place to the American steak serving. If you don’t get to eat anything of that, your holiday is not complete! And service is absolutely not a factor.


Also, these bun are the most amazing I've ever tasted! It is complimentary, even when you asked to refill 23872964 times also free!


Extracted from the internet “Steak and seafood dominate the menu of this inviting steakhouse, with a wood and stone interior and fireplace that set a comfortable, elegant tone. The restaurant features more than 40 wines by the glass.” (And it is true. You know what? Apparently, the reviews & pictures you see online is exactly what you will experience when you are physically there!)

Address as below:-
20504 N. Rand Rd.

Deer Park, IL 60010-7234

# 2 : Apparently no number two. Read down.


# 1 Portbelly Sandwiches


& Chicago Chinatown, Dim Sum.


These are two different cuisines and both stands for Top 1. I could not tell which one is better because both appealed to be the greatest :) Really not convincing when I looked at the food captions & menu. But once my tongue attacked them, I totally felt the “Wow” effect!

Portbelly's Oreo Smoothie! Tremble down the chair I sat.

I really find them to be easy as for chain restaurants; they publish the exact menu you will see when you arrived at the restaurant. The on-going promotions and what is new in the menu can be retrieved online. See how interesting is that.

Small meal in Target! But really filling! Can't even finish the salad. $6 per packet. Gotta have that take away! I love that MILK!!! yum yum!!

Well, I almost listed out the good ones with link some more. Easier for you to plan your gourmet trails in Chicago.




3 comments :

Mei-Wah said...

Macaroni and cheese!!! Slurppp... tasty on the 1st bite, but as I eat and eat and eat, I got kinda "muak" liao. -___- Haha!

Vera said...

hey clara... where are u now?

sooclara said...

mei wah : KFC had macaroni meal...a new meal i guess.never tried before.

vera : in KK lorr..hehe