Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What I've Been Eating: Clarke's, Taverna 750 and Growling Rabbit

Welcome to my second edition of what I've been eating in Chicago. The first post covered Happy Camper, Toast and Asahi Roll. This time I dined in the Chicago neighborhoods of Rogers Park and Lakeview. I recommend any of these options if you're in town, though Taverna 750 was a bit pricey.

Clarke's, Rogers Park

Clarke's recently opened by Loyola University's Lakeshore campus on Sheridan. I noticed its outdoor dining tables and flowers recently during a run and persuaded Graham to take me there when I was in a hangry mood. I had just finished running 14 miles, so I was ready to eat! We each ordered a burger. I got the Mexicana burger with a veggie patty that came with cole slaw, a pickle and fries. You also get sour cream, guacamole and salsa. The fries were not as crispy as I like. It might not blow you away but the food was just what I needed that day.

Taverna 750, Lakeview

I heard that Taverna 750 would be leaving its Lakeview location to move to another neighborhood so I wanted to visit the restaurant again while it's still convenient. My friend and I shared lobster deviled eggs, black-bean empanadas and a pesto flatbread. We also each enjoyed a signature drink. I loved the Strawberry Fields cocktail in particular. Meals here can really add up.

Growling Rabbit, Rogers Park

I have been frequenting Growling Rabbit a lot recently because I often crave its iced Chai. I also recently went back for a full-on brunch. Service was a lot slower than usual because, as I heard the server say, they were short-staffed. I did enjoy the food, however. I ordered the vegan burrito: spicy tofu, sweet potatoes, guacamole, spinach, salsa and black beans. It is incredible, and quite large!
I also ordered potatoes on the side, because you can never have too much potatoes. My friend ordered the vegan skillet, which doesn't actually come in a skillet but looks amazing!

As you can see, I've been eating some delicious food in Chicago this month. I would expect nothing less from this city. Share your recent culinary experiences with me in the comments!