Last month, I became a tourist in my own city and joined Chicago Food Planet for one of their walking tours. While on a short break from classes, I decided to go on the tour with my friend Arshia. Since both of us love food, we opted to do a food tour of the Gold Coast and Old Town.
The food tour began at the newly opened Lou Malnati’s in the Gold Coast and took us to six additional spots, all of which were new to me. Our guide for the day was Jess. She began the tour by gathering us in a circle and having us introduce our selves and where we were from. While she said that some days she leads groups that are all locals, today was a great mix of people from all over the place. Arshia and myself were the only local,s and others came from Ohio, Taiwan, Texas, etc. After intros, we sat down at a long table to delight in a delicious “Malnati salad” filled with mushrooms and gorgonzola cheese, as well as Chicago-style deep dish pizza. I’ve had Lou Malnati’s deep dish before and, like previous experiences, enjoyed the freshness of the cheese, sauce and crust.
From Lou Malnatis, we headed to TeaGschwendner in the Gold Coast for tastings. Teagschwendner is a German import and its only American location is here in the city. While learning about tea leaves, we sipped on a sweet tea and smelled a variety of white, green, black, and oblong teas. We then left the Gold Coast and entered Old Town. All along the way Jess shared historical, architectural and culinary facts with us.