Sunday, 18 March 2012

Dining in Chicago

This weekend, we ate at two never before eaten restaurants, Cemitas Pueblas, a Mexican restaurant and Pequods, a deep dish pizza joint.

Our first stop at Cemitas Pueblas for lunch was in the Humboldt Park neighbourhood. We found out about this restaurant through one of our dining cards we purchased that allows us discounts at 30 restaurants for lunch and dinner. Apparently, this Mexican joint was featured on Guy’s Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, which I occasionally watch but didn’t happen to catch this one episode.
When we first walked in, a really friendly man, presumably the owner greeted us and gave us a rundown about what we were there for; the sandwich featured on Guy's show and literally said this is what we should eat. He was pretty cute It’s a real casual restaurant with many locals and other first timers alike. You order from the counter and they bring you out the food very quickly.

We ordered what the owner recommended which was the Cemitas, a sesame seeded sandwich with avocado, chipotle peppers, Mexican cheese, and your choice of meat (ours was carne asada). The sandwich was delicious and surprisingly very filling- I only ate one half!!
My brother and gf came to visit us and we went to dinner at Pequods, a pizza restaurant in Lincoln Park. The place was super packed with lots of people there watching either the Blackhawks game (it's a home bar for the team) or the NCAA tournament (don't remind me Mizzou lost!!!). Even though we made a reservation for 9, we weren't seated til 9:40. We were able to put in the order right as we arrived so that we didn't have to wait too long when we were seated.
Lord knows which camera man I was looking at!!
Waiting outside on a beautiful evening weather wise was fine by me. :-)
We ordered a house salad and an appetizer of cheesy garlic bread to start.
I could only house one slice of this ginormous pizza. Toppings included: olives, green peppers, spinach, and mushrooms.

I had a small slice of the thin crust which we ordered with only basil. It was simple and good but I still think I preferred the deep dish over it.
Time to spend the rest of the weekend snuggling with this pretty lady- boy I missed her while we were away!!

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