The recently-opened Foodease Market is quick but expensive. It is cafeteria-style and certainly caters to those who are too busy to enjoy long dinners and waits. The market has everything from crab cakes to caprese salads to meatloaves.
Food is definitely good. For already-made food that is just lying out, everything tastes super fresh and not too unhealthy. The one con is that I am charged by the pound, and, of course, all the good items are super heavy. One can expect a minimum of $10 for a pre-cooked meal.
This is also inside the Water Tower, right across the hall from Foodlife. The convenience of location probably will entice many shoppers to come. And if you’re shopping on Michigan Avenue, $10 is probably not the most expensive thing ever.
835 N Michigan Ave
(between Pearson St & Chestnut St)
Chicago, IL 60611
Everybody talks about the Purple Pig on Michigan Avenue. Yes, it’s a tapas place. Yes, it has exotic-sounding dishes, like the “Pig’s Tails Braised in Balsamic” and the “Octopus with Green Beans.” And yes, it’s famous.
However, I have a beef with this place (no pun intended). First, it’s super loud, the wait is often times one hour plus, and once seated, I find myself sitting very close to strangers. The seats and tables are very close to each other, which inevitably results in me overhearing a couple’s breakup and some other couple’s romantic conversation about, uh, very intimate things.
The chaotic mood would be forgivable if the food were good. It is not. The items that I ordered (pictured above) were all too salty, as if the chef had forgotten that he had pepper-sprayed and then salt-sprayed the food five times already. The portions are also very small (yeah, it’s a tapas place, but for the price, I was expecting something a bit more filling).
This place is definitely not worth waiting in line for in 20 degrees weather. But when your friends visit from out of town? They have probably already heard of it and of how awesome it is. For the experience and the sake of having tried a famous place, this place is… not too bad.
500 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
RIP Bistro 110. The restaurant on Pearson and Chicago will be renamed to Bar Toma and will be an Italian pizzaria headed by Chef Tony Mantuano.
In the meanwhile, I can lament that I will never see this $35 burger. Again.