I’m finally getting around to telling you about day three in Chicago! The holidays showed up and I got caught up in everything! I hope you’ll forgive me. 🙂 Just writing this post makes me miss Chicago. *sigh* You can read about day one here, and day two here.
We started our morning with vegan donuts. Yep. You read that correctly. VEGAN DONUTS. While searching the internet the night before, we discovered Fritz Pastry.
While not everything they serve is vegan, they have quite a great selection of vegan pastries and goodies. We couldn’t get there fast enough! Nick decided on the vanilla glazed and I chose the vegan buttercream filled donut.
While they were both completely transcendent, mine was the far superior choice. The crispy, chewy fried outside went perfectly with the sweet, decadent buttercream inside. Oh, wow. I miss that donut.
Since we were so close to Macy’s, we decided to grab some guacamole from Frontera Fresco. There is a hidden gem of a food court on the 7th floor of the State Street Macy’s. In my opinion, Frontera Fresco is the complete star of the show. The guacamole is seriously amazing! It’s perfectly creamy, with just the right amount of heat and lime. Enjoying a basket of chips and guacamole and a limeade was the perfect snack.
After an afternoon of shopping, walking and discovering the city, we headed back to Wicker Park/Bucktown for some pizza. We knew where we had to go. Piece.
While I know that deep-dish is the official pizza of Chicago, it’s not really a vegan’s friend. Piece is known for New Haven-style thin crust pizza, and their beer brewed in-house. While waiting for our pizza, Nick enjoyed a glass of the Full Frontal.
Wowzas! That pizza was SO good! Nick and I love all kinds of pizza, but this one sits right near the top. We always do our best to visit Piece while in Chicago. It’s THAT good. Make sure to hit up Piece if you’re ever in the Windy City. They are certainly a friend to vegans! 🙂
Honorable mention: day four. While, it doesn’t require a post in and of itself, it is worth mentioning. While heading out of city towards home, we ended up at the Mago Grill & Cantina. It’s usually pretty easy to find something at a Mexican restaurant and Mago didn’t disappoint. The chips were served with three different kinds of salsa. One that tasted a lot like guacamole, only thinner, a spicy chipotle and one that was spicy peanut. While I’m usually not a huge fan of chipotle, that salsa was by far my favorite.
We informed our server that we were vegan, and he pointed us towards the veggie fajitas. I was expecting your usual-fare fajitas, but these were so much more! The veggies had been marinated, not just caramelized. There were peppers, onions, squash, zucchini, and fresh pico de gallo. It was served with a side of black beans, rice and guacamole. (all of which our server informed us was vegan)
These fajitas were a home run. We probably would have enjoyed a margarita if weren’t headed home – they looked awesome.
I hope you enjoyed my Windy City recap!