Windy City Dawgs serves up a hearty menu that revolves around eats inspired by––or chartered directly from––Chicago. Meat cravings find savory satiation with a Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dog ($4) or a slow-cooked seasoned italian beef sandwich ($5.25) cradled by crisp-crusted Gonnella bread. Or, please Chi-hungry taste buds with made-from-scratch pan pizzas ($13+) and Supreme tamales ($1.60), a cylindrical classic since 1950, with a cornmeal shell––much like the Hamburglar's getaway car––filled to the brim with ground beef and spices.
At Ace's Gourmet Paninis, culinary-school grad Chef Van presides over an unlikely marriage between the Italian-born panini and the flavors of Southern comfort fare. He presses only quality ingredients into his sandwiches, including three signature paninis loaded with chicken, beef brisket, or pulled pork slathered in house barbecue sauce. His menu also flaunts a separate breakfast section that highlights paninis and burritos stuffed with more eggs and meats than a vending machine for bodybuilders. His renditions of childhood favorites, such as peanut butter and jelly, even please pintsize palates. Patrons can settle in to surf free WiFi in the eatery or grab a takeout container to feast at home.:
Like snowball fights and hurt feelings, health and happiness are inevitably linked. The team at Yoganics understands this, and they work to promote total well-being through the practice of yoga paired with customizable liquid cleanses that last one to three days and begin with an individual consultation. Clients can fully stretch out achy limbs as they sweat through hot-yoga classes, or run through poses in good company during family yoga sessions. A Girl’s Night Out class and Broga—a strength-based workout for guys—are also part of the lively lineup. To supplement exercises, staff also sell juices, shots, smoothies, and more from organic and locally grown produce.
The skillful bakers at Mon Petite Cake Shop sift and whip together fresh ingredients to craft a lineup of 11 classic flavors, ranging from refreshing lemon to mouth-warming cinnamon swirl. Chocolate-fudge, red-velvet, and spice cakes come swathed in velvety buttercream and topped with sprinkles, colored sugar, or sugar sculptures of Ronald Reagan's nose. Customers can mix and match mini cake varieties to form customized boxes for a special event or special someone; fondant or chocolate decorations are available for a small upgrade fee delivered by an animate piggy bank. Clients should place orders at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee availability.