Week #20 – Cafe Iberico

This week brings sad news—my co-worker and friend, Jeanne, who was a huge inspiration for this blog, has moved on to greener pastures. California, to be exact! I am so excited for this new chapter in her and her boyfriend Jim’s lives, but selfishly am sad that I don’t get to see her Monday through Friday anymore. So this post is “totes” dedicated to my girl, Jeanne.

For our last lunch as a department, Jeanne chose Café Iberico, which used to be a hangout for my co-workers when our office was near the famous Spanish tapas restaurant. I feel like Café Iberico is one of those places that everyone has been to, so I was glad it was finally my turn!

We were seated quickly, and it was a nice-sized crowd for lunch (apparently it’s so busy at dinner that it’s hard to hear!). Jeanne and my boss Amy knew immediately what they wanted to order, and I was happy to enjoy their recommendations. (There’s nothing like excellent suggestions when you’re trying something new.)

I must say, the menu is very helpful for newbies like me because every dish has a photo, which I’m a big fan of. (I like to know what I’m getting myself into. Ha.) I decided to start with a house salad (I’m doing a salad-a-day challenge this month), and Jeanne and Amy chose the rest of our meal, including Tortilla Espanola, Patatas Bravas, Queso de Cabra, Gambas al Ajillo, and Fig-Wrapped Dates. My co-worker Mark’s paella was too beautiful not to photograph (see below).

Want to know what the best sign of good food is? I kept diving right in instead of taking pictures of this delicious food for you! I really enjoyed all of the selections; I think my favorites were the dates and the baked goat cheese—yum!

There’s nothing like getting together with your co-workers to relax, unwind, and enjoy a meal—especially when it’s to honor a friend. Miss you already, Jeanne!

Cafe Iberico
737 North LaSalle
River North

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