Friday, July 28, 2017

Chicago Eats: Midnight Mac and Cheeserie, XO Marshmallow and Hutch

It's been a minute since I've shared some of the meals I've had recently in Chicago. I like to write these posts regularly for those of you who appreciate a good meal as much as I do. Whether you live in Chicago or you plan to visit, you might consider browsing these posts to see if you want to add any of these restaurants to your Chicago dining list.

Midnight Mac and Cheeserie, Rogers Park

This restaurant took the place of Growling Rabbit, one of my favorite places for a vegan breakfast in my neighborhood. (I'm not vegan but I like to eat like one sometimes.) By the way, Growling Rabbit has the best Chai in the area that I've tried. Anyway, Midnight Mac and Cheeserie caught my eye because they offer so many varieties of mac and cheese, and you can build your own, too. The portions are quite large for one person, even with a small. I liked the veggie option, and the lobster was delicious, though they both become too much after a while. After so many bites I just couldn't keep going. Bring a large appetite! As the name implies, the restaurant stays open late. When it first opened they kept having to close early because they ran out of food, but I believe they make it to midnight or later now. At first you could only order the food (like I did), but now you can dine in as well.

XO Marshmallow, Rogers Park

XO is also a new business in my neighborhood, and it's located right next door to Midnight Mac and Cheeserie. (It's owned by someone in the same family, too.) It basically sells marshmallow desserts, such as gourmet marshmallows in a bunch of flavors. We tried a chocolate one, as well as a classic s'more. I also order the Chai-cago, an iced Chai with marshmallow whipped cream. My total was about $14 for the three. You can also get s'more tacos and doughnut s'mores and enjoy them in the cute, pink-themed cafe. It's quite small, with only two tables and some other seating, but it's adorable. Besides that you can shop for mugs, T-shirts, marshmallows (including champagne!) and other goods. The s'mores were just what you'd expect in a s'more. My only suggestion would be to not serve them in plastic containers if you are eating them in the cafe. I've only visited once so far and I plan to return to try the other desserts.

Hutch, Lakeview

It's been a while since I dined here with Jessie, but I liked the fish tacos ($12.99) and that they came with black beans. The sriracha aioli was delicious. I also added avocado to mine, obviously. The restaurant was nearly empty when we went, and I wondered why. The decor was so quaint; it has multiple hutch pieces, given the name.

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