Here are 15 recipes inspired by Chicago restaurants – these meals were so good that I needed to learn how to make them myself. If you live in Chicago, I am sure you will recognize some of the foods on this list.
One of the best things about living in Chicago is the access to incredible restaurants. It’s hard to have a bad meal in this city. The restaurant scene has exploded since I moved here. In 2008, the West Loop was a no-mans-land that was considered dangerous. Now it is one of the most desirable neighborhoods and home to some of the best restaurants in the country!
After over 11 years of living in Chicago, I have recreated over a dozen dishes from local restaurants. The list includes my go-to breakfast order at a restaurant that has since left my neighborhood, and a favorite pasta dish from a classic Chicago restaurant that has sadly closed. I love that I can still enjoy these meals even though the restaurants aren’t around anymore.
Some of these recipes are cult classics in Chicago. Blue Door Farmstand’s Brussels and Kale Salad is a personal favorite and a recipe I needed to learn so that I would stop spending $20 to have it delivered on a regular basis.
My hope that these restaurants are flattered that I took the type of create my own version of their menu item. Sometimes I added my own spin to the recipes. Even when I tried to stay true to the original, I didn’t have the recipe so it’s a close but not exact copy.
Recipes Inspired by Chicago Restaurants:
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Do you have an item from a restaurant’s menu that you love so much that you make it at home? I would love to hear about it in the comments!