February Is Chicago’s North Shore Restaurant Month

Now that the secret’s out, this mama wants to talk about…what else…food!

Did you know that Chicago’s North Shore suburbs doesn’t just have Restaurant Week, it has Restaurant Month.

Now, I lived in Glenview for five years after college/before the Second City. (Nate was going to law school in Milwaukee, I was working in Lincolnshire…) I very much loved my time living there, and my parents are still there, so we visit quite Glenview and the surrounding burbs often.

So, in addition to sharing these awesome Restaurant Month deals (just print these certificates and bring them with you!), I also wanted to share some of my recommendations:

Bravo! Cucina Italiana in Glenview: Very family friendly, good for groups!

Corner Bakery Cafe in Skokie: If you’re brave enough to shop Old Orchard in this cold weather, warm up with a cup of soup or enjoy a salad (my favorite is the Asian Wonton Salad) here.

Farmhouse Evanston: I’ve been to the Chicago and Evanston locations for brunch and dinner and loved both. The farm-to-table concept is dear to my heart, and I love to support restaurants like Farmhouse. Haven’t had a bad meal yet!

Flat Top Grill in Evanston: The first location of the chain that I ever went to, and I love the make-your-own soup/salad/stir fry/etc. concept here. And have you tried the naan? It’s pretty delicious! Extra points for being very lactose intolerant/vegetarian/vegan friendly.

Francesca’s North in Nortbrook: This Italian restaurant is exceptional for any occasion, from private parties to date night. The food is outstanding–should not be missed!

Maggiano’s in Skokie: Part of the Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group, Maggiano’s has something for everyone. I’ve been to many of the chain’s locations for wedding rehearsal dinners, baby showers, or just a night out. The food is consistently great, and I enjoy the family-style service that creates a more homey vibe.

Pizano’s in Glenview: I remember when “Oprah’s Favorite Pizza” opened in the burbs. I’ve been a few times, and it’s pretty good! This restaurant is always busy, and kid-friendly, too.

Superdawg Drive-In in Wheeling: Now, I must say, it’s not the original location, but the Superdawg and fries doesn’t disappoint no matter where you go. I’m also LOVING their hamburgers…I mean Superburger!

Tuscany in Wheeling: My sister’s wedding shower was here. I’ve been here for Mother’s Day…and Valentine’s Day. The roasted garlic appetizer that’s brought to your table when you sit down is amazing. The minestrone is great. The pastas are delicious. I haven’t been in awhile–more reason to go back!

Where I want to go:

Burger Fi in Glenview: I’ve heard good things from both family and friends. Add it to my must-try list!

Pinstripes in Northbrook: If I told you how close this bowling and bocci restaurant was to my parents’, you, too, would wonder why I’ve never been here yet! Who wants to go for a bowling game and stay for food?

Roka Akor in Skokie: This hot spot opened at Old Orchard not too long ago, and I know my parents are loving it. I know there’s one downtown, but nice to have an option by them, too, for when we visit for dinner.

There’s not much time! Hope you take advantage of Restaurant Month–I know I will!

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Love Letter to My Valentine

I have a (not so) little secret…I fell in love about five months ago. Well, 21 weeks ago, to be exact. This love letter is dedicated to my new little love.

Dear Little One,

Happy Valentine’s Day! I cannot even begin to describe my feelings for you. You are our blessing. You are a miracle. I haven’t held you in my arms yet, but the fullness you bring to my heart is indescribable.

We “saw” you this week, and you have the cutest little face. Our doctor told us you are healthy and doing well, and those are precious words to hear. All we want for you is to be healthy and happy.

Hopefully you will be smart like your daddy. Maybe you will have his honest eyes and comforting presence. Hopefully you’re not anxious or too hard on yourself like your mommy. No matter what, know that we will love you unconditionally forever.

Little Valentine, we can’t wait to meet you. I look forward to seeing your smile (maybe you’ll have mine!). I know Georgie will smother you in puppy kisses and will love to take naps with you.

Luckily you’ll arrive in the summer, so we can take you out and enjoy the sunshine. I have so much I want to show you and so much I want to share with you. June can’t arrive soon enough.

Until then, I will keep you close, little Valentine, and know that we love you more each and everyday day.

Xo. Mommy

Family Night at Dimo’s Pizza

After my co-worker and friend Erica and I recently got our hair done at Mane Chicago (Thanks, Lauren!), we met up with her husband and adorable son, Milo, for some Dimo’s Pizza. Erica, a vegan, has been raving about it forever (they always have vegan options available), so I needed to finally see how good the pizza was for myself.

We walked in a Thursday evening to a duo setting up to perform, and a short line to order (this is a double win in my book!). The slices are prepared for you to choose from, and then they heat it up for you and it’s ready to be eaten. The problem is…there are so many choices! I had a flashback to Hot Doug’s, where I chose some non-adventurous menu items, and didn’t want to make the same mistake twice. So I went outside my comfort zone (and my diet), and ordered a slice that sounded cozy and a carb overload: Mac and Cheese Pizza! It’s Milo’s favorite, so that was a plus, too.

I wasn’t sure about my order until I took a bite…and then another and another. You really don’t know what to think before that bite, but it’s mouthwateringly delicious. Erica suggested some BBQ sauce on top (I’m already off the wagon, might as well do it up!), and it was so good. So good that I pushed my limits and got another slice (probably why I passed out from a food coma shortly after I got home).

I should mention that while we were enjoying our pizza, the duo was killing it with hits from Britney Spears, Sia, and others, and we were playing a great game of Sorry (you can check out board games while you’re there). It was such a great time–I need to go back!

So grateful to the B’s for letting me crash family night and enjoy some tasty pizza. Until we meet again!

Dimo’s Pizza
1615 North Damen
Wicker Park

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