Monday, June 30, 2008

Stomping grounds

After the mean streets of Detroit, me and the lady flew to Chicago.

This is where I went to school and is also the home of our other poster Nick.  Additionally, my lady grew up here, went to school, and still has family in the city.

Needless to say, our trip was hectic.  We saw tons of people and had a great time.  But more importantly I finally got to enjoy two restaurants that I have been dying to try.

The first is Piece.  A New Haven style pizza joint in Wicker Park that is always packed because it offers some of the best pie (reportedly) in the city and houses top quality craft micro brews.

This spot was really hyped up so could not wait.  The lady and I went in for lunch.  We ordered:

-Spinach tomato dip (served with chips)

-a pint each of some of that famous beer

-2 small pizzas.  1 with black olives and basil and the other with fresh garlic and artichoke hearts.

Overall, the pizza was good.  Totally solid.  No real complaints.  But after waiting almost a year and half to try this place, I felt a bit let down.  Don't get me wrong.  Great beer, a good location, full bar, and good thin crust.  

I guess when it comes down to it, I'd go again but I wouldn't be all giddy about it. 

The second spot on my wish list was Kuma's Corner.  A metalhead hang out that boasts gourmet burgers  named after bands and a full bar.  Located at California and Belmont, this joint has recently become super popular and now any type of dirt bag can be found inside (not just metal bros).

I have been trying to go to Kuma's since before I moved and I every time I come back, but fate has kept us apart.  Finally, I got to go.  Me and my friend Brittany went for lunch and it was fucking great.  A had a Bloody Mary and the best veggie burger of my life.

Brittany and I each ordered different veggie burgers and then split them so we could taste as much of the menu as possible. Kuma's Menu

I ordered the Plague Bringer Burger (Roasted Garlic Mayo, Tortilla Strips, Chicago Co-Op Hot Sauce, Fresh Garlic, Pepper Jack, Sliced Jalapenos). 

Brittany got the Neurosis (Cheddar, Swiss, Sauteed Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Horseradish Mayo). 

The burgers are served on this amazing pretzel roll and come with great seasoned fries.  I can't say enough about this food.  Everything was perfect.  It sounds like a lot of different flavors but they all blend really well.  The Plague Bringer was better then the Neurosis but they were each the best veggie burger I have ever had.  And my meat eater friends say their regular burgers are equally amazing.

This is currently my favorite restaurant in the world.  It is as if someone took my personality and made a restaurant out of it.

-The place blasts sweet rock

-Full Bar

-The best veggie burgers ever

-Food named after my favorite obscure Metal bands.

I am headed back to Chicago soon just so I can eat there.

Hail Satan

1 comment:

Tony said...

Usually I hate mayernaise, but adding garlic to the mix sounds interesting. Maybe I'll give it another chance, for Satan's sake.