Well, we just concluded three consecutive weekends of visitors here. Not quite sure what to do with myself now, so I’ve taken to
annoying entertaining Patrick while he tries to study for his finals.
We love getting visitors here in Chicago as it allows us to get some quality hometown tourism in! Of course, you can’t visit Chicago without partaking in some delicious Chicago deep-dish pizza… and we had the great excuse of eating it three weekends in a row 🙂 Our favorite places to frequent are Gino’s East and Lou Malnati’s.
Patrick’s parents, Bill & Sue, were the first to grace us with their presence. During their visit, we wandered around the farmer’s market near our house and then made our way down to Old Town, one of Chicago’s 180+ official neighborhoods.
We ate lunch at O’Brien’s, which has been in Old Town for over 30 years and also has locations in O’Hare International Airport and along the Chicago River.
We had a lovely outdoor seat situated just behind this O’Brien’s sign, which gave us the perfect position to spy on people walking by without them noticing… as Patrick demonstrates here.
Following lunch, we made our way downtown to take an architecture tour with Wendella Boats.
On the architecture tour, you get to ride a boat along the Chicago River while a tour guide talks about the various buildings you pass along the way. It’s quite relaxing and fun to learn a bit about Chicago’s architecture and history.
Despite the long line, we somehow found prime seating, front and center.
Here are some lovely structures we passed…
After the tour, we walked around downtown and admired the lovely flowers (or “Salboos” as Patrick’s mom would call them) along Michigan Avenue.
Everything on their menu sounded delicious so we decided to split three entrees, like the BBQ plate featuring brisket, ribs, and pulled pork…
and the steak kebob with a medley of vegetables and rice.
But ultimately we all agreed the best was the beer can chicken… how can you go wrong here? I must try making this at home!
Luckily Patrick picked up some good grilling tips from this guy.
On our drive home, we hit up some Sweet Mandy B’s for second dessert. The decor here is really cute and their desserts are out-of-this-world.
Good thing we did a lot of walking that day…
This restaurant was even featured on Food Network’s show The Best Thing I Ever Ate where Melissa d’Arabian (winner of “The Next Food Network Star” who also happened to be a J.V. like me whose husband attended Kellogg!) talked about their Bacon with Cheese Oven Baked Omelette.
I’ve never had their Bacon with Cheese Omelette but Patrick and I split their vegetable omelette this time, which I think is every bit as good.
And best of all, it comes with a side of buttermilk pancakes.
In fact, in addition to their omelettes, they are equally as known for their pancakes. They have a wide variety to choose from like their German and Dutch Baby pancakes, bacon pancakes, Swedish pancakes, and potato pancakes, which Patrick and I also shared.
But their speciality pancake is the apple cinnamon pancake which Bill ordered. This pancake was massive in size and in taste.
Thank you for visiting, Bill & Sue! Come again soon!