Photo by Kelly Peterson 

The Bongo Room is a must stop for brunch.  The star of the meal was without question the Red Velvet Hotcake with Vanilla Bean Creme, among one of their many varieties, tasting like a velvety slice of red velvet cake.  The hearty breakfast lover will be in their glory with their Bacon Egg & Cheese Croissant with house made potatoes. Fun, casual, hip, fun for solos or groups. 

1152 S Wabash Ave Chicago, IL                                        $$

F.O.L Favorites:  Red Velvet Hot Cakes, Bacon Egg & Cheese Croissant


Photo by Kelly Peterson 

Doughnut Vault offers artisanal hand-crafted doughnuts in classic flavors and unique daily specials. We went crazy for the Glazed Vanilla. We advise to make your visit as early in the day as possible to get the most plentiful selection, they sell out fast!

401 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL                                               $

F.O.L Favorites: Glazed Vanilla Doughnut



Photo by Kelly Peterson 

Firecakes may seem like a small, typical doughnut shop at first. They bring “fire” with their unique flavors, such as Chocolate Hazelnut, Pistachio, and Red Velvet! The best part is they are whip up warm, doughnut & ice cream sandwiches! These doughnuts just melt in your mouth!

68 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL                             $

F.O.L Favorites: Old Fashion Buttermilk, Triple Valrhona Chocolate Cake



Photo by Kelly Peterson

Photo by Kelly Peterson

Pequods is easily recognized as one of the best in CHI town, this joint whips up deep dish pizzas that are unique, and authentic tasting. The goodness starts in the crust, with its crispy, burnt edges. We went for their house made sausage and peppers and onions in our deep dish pizza. It was everything!

2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614       $$

F.O.L Favorites:  Deep Dish Personal Pie with Sausage Peppers & Onions



Photo by Kelly Peterson

If you are in Chi Town for the holidays, Rosebud is the perfect place to celebrate.  Kelly even enjoyed a meal here solo! They serve fantastic red sauce dishes such as Chicken Parm that just melt in your mouth.  Be sure to check out all of the Rosebud restaurants in Chicago. 

720 N Rush St. Chicago, IL                                                    $$$
(Gold Coast | Mag Mile)

F.O.L Favorites:  Chicken Parmesan, Pappardelle Bolognese, Ravioli

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Giordano's is home to the beloved Chicago style deep dish pizza.  Giordano's makes the deep dish pizza experience well worthwhile.  Don't come alone, it definitely helps to have some "support" and share these pies.  The Plain deep dish or the Chicago Classic deep dish pie stuffed with pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers and onions is guaranteed to bring you cheesy delicious #pizzaporn. 

730 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611                                 $$



High quality steaks, Cocktails, Mile High Ice-cream Pies, patio, and a beautiful ambience.

"Gibsons Steakhouse proudly serves USDA Gibsons Prime Angus beef . We are the only restaurant group in the country to be awarded its own USDA Prime Certification. Our beef is region specific to upper Midwest sustainable farms and is breed specific Black Angus. It is corn fed for 120 days and aged for 40 days providing maximum flavor and tenderness."

1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611                    $$$$

F.O.L Favorites: Spicy Lobster Cocktail, Brussels Sprouts, Gibson's Tomahawk Steak, Filet Mignon, "The Sandwich King of Hamburgers," Asparagus with Hollandaise