Eating My Way Through Wicker Park/Bucktown
The Wicker Park/Bucktown area is one of my favorite neighborhoods to venture to and I don’t feel like I get out there enough. However, the past few weeks have been filled with adventures on the Blue Line to get to one of my favorite dining destinations.
Club Lucky – Let’s reminisce about 2010 for a minute… It was one of (well maybe THE BEST) year of my life so far. I was graduated with my Master’s, took 6 months off, back packed Europe with my best friend, moved to Chicago, spent a month in NYC, and met some incredible people. Pretty hard to top. I moved to Chicago a bit sooner than all my friends and I met some people in my building who took me to Club Lucky. It was a late night and I had a couple adult beverages in me but I remember the food being great. I was very excited when my mentor recommended Club Lucky for some appetizers. We ordered the Fried Mozzarella and the Sausage with Onions and Peppers.
I don’t really go out and order fried mozzarella anymore. Those were the days of chain restaurants. However, these are circular pieces of fried joy. The rounds are melty while having a seasoned crust that creates a welcome treat when combined with the marinara sauce.
The sausage also did not disappoint.
Northside – We continued our trek to Damen and ended up at The Northside. I’ve passed by this spot numerous times but never stopped in. I have been missing out. The outdoor patio is relaxed, airy, and fun. I ordered my new favorite summer drink (Effen Cucumber Vodka + Cranberry) and sat down to look at my options. To be honest, I was already full from the mozzarella and sausage we tasted at Club Lucky, but that didn’t stop me.
I went with the Falafel Wrap with hummus and Jerusalem salad with a side of sweet potato fries.
I honestly didn’t have high expectations for a falafel wrap at a place that should only be serving traditional bar food. I was wrong. The falafel was moist and flavorful and the salad added bright notes that pulled it all together. Plus, I’ve barely met a sweet potato fry I haven’t liked. I highly recommend Northside.
Glazed and Infused – Rounding out for that side of town is Glazed and Infused. I’m a sucker for a donut and new shops keep popping up around the city. I was stuffed from Sunday brunch at Takashi (more to come…) but couldn’t resist stopping by to try Glazed and Infused. I asked the lady working the counter for a light donut recommendation and she picked out the Lucious Lemon which is lemon cake filled yuzu curd and topped with lemon glaze and candied zest.
I love lemon pastries in the morning but it just isn’t the same without a cup of coffee. My friend and I stopped to get some and I was in heaven. On it’s own, I would say the lemon is overpowering but contrasting with the bitterness of the coffee is a heavenly combination.