Simon Tacos – Chicago, IL

My FAVORITE stop for tacos located near Portage Park. Keep reading for details on the best Horchata, tacos, and more!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The parking lot and interior are what hold me back from a full 5 stars, but the food is beyond delicious.

My Menu Recommendations:

  1. Al Pastor Tacos
  2. Shrimp Tacos
  3. Horchata
  4. Rice & Beans
  5. Red Salsa (SPICY)

Tips for your Visit:

  1. For a summer outing, bring your food to the outdoor seating area and enjoy outside! Otherwise, I’d recommend taking out.
  2. Be warned: the food is spicy, especially the shrimp tacos and red salsa! Horchata is the perfect way to wash it down
  3. Order 3 tacos to get rice and beans included in your dinner!

Smoke Daddy – Wrigleyville

A perfect summer Cubs game pregame, this BBQ spot was definitely a crowd favorite!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Over this past summer, my boyfriend and I had our fair share of Cubs game nights in Wrigleyville. It’s always an adventure planning the food scene and something I look forward to most! Smoke Daddy remains my favorite pregame spot so far, and I’m excited to share all the details:

There is another location in Wicker Park and a food truck on the run!

My Menu Recommendation:

  1. Jalepeno Beer Cheese Snack
  2. Mac-N-Cheese
  3. Pulled Chicken

Tips for your Visit:

  1. Check out the live music schedule before you go here:
  2. Try out the brunch scene at Smoke Daddy!
  3. Be sure to make a reservation if you don’t want to wait, we got lucky without one but would definitely keep it in mind

B’s Sweet Bites – Des Plaines, IL

This sweet little restaurant and bakery is located about 35 minutes from Chicago. Keep reading for details on one of my favorite breakfast places…

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Pictured above are the angel food pancakes and “Everything but the Mixing Bowl Skillet”. Alongside the skillet are B’s famous, homemade English muffins- complete with cinnamon butter!

I love the small business, family style feeling at this restaurant, and could not recommend it enough. The prices are low and the quality is always high!

Tips for Your Visit:

  1. A reservation is typically not necessary, and it’s usually easy to find a table
  2. Don’t skip dessert! Bring home a bakery cookie, brownie, or tiny pie
  3. Try out “B’s Ballin Lasagna”, one of their famous dishes!