Goodie Goodie Gumdrops


February 10, 2009

I consider myself a South Side kinda girl but I would never complain about traveling up to Crisp in Chicago’s North Side. Crisp is a small fast food Korean restaurant with good prices and good food. You order from the simple menu at the cash register, pick a drink from the cooler (try one of the Korean soft drinks), and then wait for your food to arrive at one of the long communal benches. We patiently waited for our food while we watched our neighbors devor theirs. The two of us got three things to share: the Baby Buddha, Wacky Wacky Wings, and Seoul Sensation. We ended up with leftovers but that’s ok – more for later!

Bi Bim Bop is one of my favorite dishes – and the Baby Buddha didn’t disappoint.

Baby BuddhaOur “mini” adaptation of a traditional Korean favorite, Bi Bim Bop, with an American twist. Your choice of three different freshly marinated or unseasoned vegetables on a bed of rice. Mix it all up with your choice of sauce. Perfect choice for a light and healthy lunch.


We had to try the Korean burrito our friends had told us about. I wasn’t a huge fan, kinda bland, but cool idea! Next time I’d add some hot sauce. Comes with fries. Bonus!

Seoul Sensation Burrito – Koreans make burritos? Our adaptation of everyone’s favorite. This burrito is generously filled with rice, onions, tomatoes, chives and our homemade marinated Korean beef, Bulgogi. All wrapped in a flour tortilla. Sauce upon request.


The chicken wings were my favorite dish of the three. They were hot, fresh, and spicy – just how I like!

Wacky Wacky Wings with Crisp BBQ sauce – extra spicy – For those hankering wings sans the rest of the bird, we’ve got a treat for you. No itty bitty wings here — these Jumbo sized wings are fried to perfection and come in your choice of sauce.


Next time I’m back in Chicago, Crisp is definitely on my checklist!

2940 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657


N9ne Steakhouse

January 22, 2009
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Filet, Lobster, & grilled mushrooms


Swordfish topped with Crabmeat & Pea Risotto

For NYE in Chicago, my friends and I had dinner at this swanky restaurant and lounge. The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas also has a N9ne steakhouse, which I have never tried before. N9ne Chicago has a club-like vibe which made me glad we sat in a semi – private room in the back but it was still a bit loud. Ben Gordon (and his lady friend) were seated in the first booth from the front entrance! He probably noticed us freaking out because we did not do a great job of hiding our excitement.  🙂

The decor was clean and modern and the service was great. The waiter was experienced and helpful, but had to scream over the music and conversation to deliver the specials. We had the whole shebang – apps, entree, wine, champagne, dessert, and coffee. Everything was good. Nothing blew me away, but  I’d go back again for the atmosphere. Next time I’ll scale back and just order an entree with a glass of wine. Our NYE pricetag was $160 per person not including the drinks we had after dinner at Ghostbar upstairs.

N9ne Steakhouse
440 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60606


September 10, 2008

Ever heard of an Italian beef? I’m surprised how many East Coasters haven’t. I guess you could say they’re the cheesesteaks of the Midwest!

According to Wikipedia, an Italian beef is a sandwich of thin slices of seasoned roast beef, dripping with meat juices, on a dense, long Italian-style roll, believed to have originated in Chicago, where its history dates back at least to the 1930s. The bread itself is often dipped into the gravy, and the sandwich is typically topped off with Chicago-style giardiniera (YUM!) or sauteed, green Italian sweet peppers.


Sound delicious? Here’s my favorite place to get them!

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