Breakfast and Brunch, Coffee, Dessert, Dinner, Farmer's Market, Lincoln Park, Uncategorized

Blue Door Farm Stand

Blue Door Farm Stand

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Address: 843 Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: (773) 935-2583
Website

Price Range: $10-15
Our Rating: 4.8 out of 5

What We Tried: Brussels & Kale Salad, Roasted Beet & Farro Salad, Fig & Arugula Grilled Cheese, Purple Line Wrap, Turkey & Aged Cheddar Sandwich, Roasted Vegetable Wrap

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Cute!

 

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Okay, cute!

 

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Ca-ute!

 

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I gave up sweets for Lent…

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Brussels & Kale Salad…the bacon evens out.

 

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Apple Pie Grilled Cheese

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Turkey Cheddar

 

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My kind of place.

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Roasted Beet & Farro Salad

 

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Order at the counter.

 

Our Take:

Kale. Mason jars. Oprah. These are a few of my favorite things. All three come together at Blue Door Farm Stand, the Lincoln Park cafe/restaurant named after none other than Ofrey’s Indiana property. 

Blue Door serves up seasonal wraps, sandwiches, salads, juices and coffee, all made with ingredients from local farmers and farmers’ markets. As their mission statement declares, “Our philosophy at Blue Door Farm Stand is simple. We believe in the seasons dictating what’s on the table. We are committed to being part of the community and the importance of having personal relationships with all our purveyors. We believe in providing a warm and welcoming space for all our guests to enjoy wholesome delicious food.” 

Same. Try Blue Door Farm Stand for brunch, lunch or dinner, eight days a week. I’m partial to their Brussels & Kale salad, but I won’t say no to a roasted vegetable wrap, either. They also serve the best carrot cake in Chicago (I would know), which you can have delivered to your apartment via the Locally app (I wouldn’t know anything about that). 

10/10, 100%, favorite cafe in Lincoln Park. Meet you there for coffee at 5. I’ll be there, drinking my almond milk latte, checking out Oprah’s Instagram

– Carolyn

Harvest Day!

Harvest Day!

 

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Best of the Best 2014

It may have officially been the Year of the Rooster, but for us at My Kind of Chicago, it was the Year of the Goat. Here’s a round-up of our favorites in 2014, with the “Goat Restaurants,” as my mom would call them, sweeping every category they qualified in:
 

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Best Dessert:
 Jeni’s Ice Cream
What to Get: Pineapple Upside Down Cake
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Best Big Night Out:
 Girl and the Goat
What to Get: Wood-Grilled Broccoli, Scallops, Pork Shank
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Best Casual Night Out: 
Grange Hall Burger Bar
What to Get: Michigan Berries and Brie Burger
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Best Coffee Shop: 
Little Goat Bakery
What to Get: Almond Milk Latte, Gluten-Free Apricot Muffin
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Best Health/Eco/Dietary Restriction-Conscious
: Native Foods Cafe
What to Get: Caribbean Jerk Kale Salad, Sweet Potato Fries, Oatmeal Creme Whoopie Pie
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Best Fast Casual: 
Goddess and Grocer
What to Get: Magic Mushroom, Carolyn’s “Make Your Own” (wheat wrap with hummus, avocado, roasted tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, and spinach)
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Best Brunch: 
Little Goat Diner
What to Get: Bull’s Eye French Toast, Spanish Omelette
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Best Tacos: 
Big Star
What to Get: Al Pastor, Margaritas, Guac, More Margaritas
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Best Atmosphere: 
Green Street Smoked Meats
What to Get: It doesn’t matter, you’re here for the atmosphere, remember? ((but actually the brisket, broccoli salad, and coleslaw))
All this, and we’ve only been up and running for 5 months! We’re so excited to try many new dishes in 2015 and can’t wait to share them with you all. Until then, wishing you all a happy and delicious start to the new year!
Carolyn and Meredith
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Dessert, Uncategorized, Wicker Park

iCream Cafe

iCream Cafe
Dessert

Neighborhood: Wicker Park
Address: 1537 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
Phone Number: (773) 342-2834
Website

Price Range: $4-9
Our Rating: 4.2 out of 5

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What We Tried: White Chocolate Ice Cream with Nutella Swirls and Fresh Raspberries, Chocolate Ice Cream with M and M’s and Fresh Raspberries

Our Take: The concept behind iCream is fantastic. Patrons can quite literally design their own ‘zerts, choosing from ice cream (regular, light, soy, or organic), shakes, yogurt, or hot pudding. They then choose the flavor of their treat, as well as mix-ins and toppings. This is no ordinary Cold Stone, though. Everything is frozen right in front of you using liquid nitrogen! I was skeptical that this place might be sort of gimmicky and more about the experience than the ice cream, but my white chocolate/fresh raspberry/Nutella creation was delightful! There were a few downsides: prices were a little steep for ice cream, mix-ins could’ve been amped up (toasting the coconut, more fruit options), and the atmosphere left something to be desired. It felt more like a harsh fro-yo shop than your friendly neighborhood ice cream shop. I’d suggest taking your treat to-go and strolling the neighborhood while you nom!

-Meredith

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