1664 N. Ada, Chicago, 60642
This intimate little nook can be found on what seems to be a random alley street in Wicker Park. Though intimidating at first, this restaurant is most definitely a diamond in the rough. The small space and dim lighting make it the perfect spot for a romantic evening, and yet it still carries an energetic and happening vibe. With one long but slim open dining area, a unique feature about this restaurant is that you can watch the chefs cook from your table. We recommend making reservations for that special date as soon as possible because this restaurant is a hot spot for sure!
To eat: Marinated Olives- though it doesn't sound like much, these olives were full of flavor and the perfect little bites to wet the appetite. Flatbread- with braised lamb, caramelized onions, Valbresa feta, cracked olives, parsley and lemon, this app was quite the dish. Though we don't have any specific recommendations for a main course, we know that all of the options will satisfy your desire for a perfectly delicious meal. For dessert, the Chocolate-this is an interesting dessert to say the least (it reminds us of a French breakfast). It comes with perfectly toasted slices of bread sprinkled with seas salt and tuscan olive oil and is served with warm chocolate to spread on top.
2601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647
Located at the center of Logan Square, Telegraph is a very trendy yet chic little spot on Chicago's fabulous restaurant list. This restaurant is known for its wonderful, often European, wine menu. Though large and diverse, do not be discouraged, the waiters will give you the complete and detailed layout of the land and point you in the direction you wish to go. This restaurant also prides itself in their local support by choosing poultry, beef and vegetables from farmers in the area. The imported beverages and locally produced foods blend perfectly to create full bodied and flavorful meals. The atmosphere provides an intimate and lively evening and is a great setting for the younger crowd.
To eat: The menu is subject to change often, but when we went, we got many succulent dishes. We chose an appetizer of cow tongue to start off. This dish, though we hesitated at the name, gave us a wild array of savory flavors as it was paired with fried egg, herbed sauces, and crisp little toasts. We definitely recommend one of the cheese assortments! They are small but unbelievably satisfying to the palate.
1729 N Halsted St
Sister restaurant to the famous Alinea, Boka is a fabulous and chic spot to take a date to show how much you really appreciate them. I (Spice) was taken here by my best guy friend who was making up for skipping out on my home made dinner. Though it is expensive, dining here is totally worth every dime (even if I was not the one paying). Whether you're out for a special occasion (like apologizing for ditching your best friend) or just an amazing romantic dinner, Boka is sure to be more than satisfactory. The small portions are full of eccentric flavors and placed artistically on the pristine white plates creating a beautiful and often colorful display. Save up your bucks this week and head to Boka with that special someone!
To eat: All of the dishes we tried were so fresh and clean. The menu changes every so often to ensure that all the ingredients are in season and the perfect quality. We got a shrimp dish, scallops, and he ordered a pork dish that were all offered that week. To die for!
1967 N. Halsted St.
Located on the restaurant-concentrated Halsted street, Rustic House is the perfect little spot for an intimate yet comfortable date night. From the fabulous decor to the delicious dishes, this place stays true to its rustic name. This place has a very homey and southern feeling. The staff are all very personable and friendly, full of "southern hospitality". We ventured here during restaurant week, so for more details about this adventure, check out that post!
To eat: We got the pre-fixe menu in light of restaurant week. The portions here are not your average small plates as many of the hot restaurants in Chicago have. We got the grilled octopus and lobster bisque for starters. Though they were fabulous, we would recommend the lobster bisque from Urban Union and the grilled octopus from Baume & Brix first. The salmon was delicious but we heard the duck is amazing! As we mentioned, the two desserts were absolutely fabulous! The Blondie Brownie with raspberry sauce and ice cream was to die for.