This weekend officially marks the end of summer and in most places that means cooler weather is on it's way. Unfortunately, here in Arizona we have quite a few more weeks of heat ahead of us. So I've decided to take advantage of the long holiday weekend and head to Chicago; hopefully to cool off for a few days.
Ok, I'll admit...I'm a foodie and that's the real reason I'm heading to Chicago. (oh and the fact my husband's there on business helps too) While I'm in the windy city I'm hoping to have my first Chicago style Italian beef sandwich. I haven't quite narrowed down the venue yet but I'm close. It will be interesting to see how these compare to Philadelphia Italian beef. I'm also planning to get some good pizza. Not deep dish (it's not my thing) but thin crust.
No trip to Chicago would be the same for me without a visit to Cafe Spiaggia. This is my all time favorite dining experience in the area. So I was happy when I got reservations. I'm currently on a waiting list for the Girl and The Goat and I'm hoping to also get into the Purple Pig. Both of these new restaurants were written up in Food and Wine magazine.
A recommendation from a friend has me checking out the Billy Goat Tavern for a hearty breakfast sandwich before my much anticipated architectural boat tour. I plan to end the weekend with dinner my last night at Gage; where I'm looking forward to trying a Scotch egg and some venison carpaccio.
Off to bed now. I have to wake up at 4am to catch my flight. Chicago here I come. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend!