Chicago Food Map

WHERE TO EAT IN CHICAGO

Several visits to Chicago later and the best neighborhood by far and away is Wicker Park for food, with Logan Park coming in second. So many restaurants, coffee shops, sweet shops, pizza (obviously), the list of where to eat in Chicago goes on and on and on but instead I’ll just leave the map here and let you have at it.

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Chicago Food Unicorns

Parson’s Chicken and Fish
Antique Taco

Midway Food Map, St. Paul

WHERE TO EAT IN MIDWAY, ST. PAUL

I just moved from being a 5th generation Minneapolis resident to moving to St. Paul, and it’s one of the better decisions I’ve made recently. There is so much good food and such a spacious vibe in St. Paul. Plus! It means I got to make a food map for my new neighborhood!

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Midway Neighborhood Food Unicorns

Groundswell Cafe (for breakfast/brunch, pastries, and coffee)
Keg & Case Market
Ngon Vietnamese Bistro (Slow Food Vietnamese)

Las Vegas Food Map

WHERE TO EAT IN LAS VEGAS, NV

Built with a vegan/plant-based focus, and trying to avoid restaurants that are ‘themed’ or anything but focused on good food for a fair price rather than restaurants that are putting on a show and charging a premium for it. I also think about when I was in Vegas, and the last thing I wanted after a night of drinking was more food that would make me feel like shit. Donuts and cupcakes aside, these food places are refreshing.

NOTE: Plant-based restaurants are marked with a purple stalk icon

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Las Vegas Food Unicorns

Las Vegas Downtown Container Park

Denver Food Map

WHERE TO EAT IN DENVER, CO

Built for a spontaneous trip to Denver at the end of October 2018. Hoping to mix hiking, good beer, and good food. Proper mountain hiking!! This is my third…fourth? Time to Denver and I find that I end up revisiting the food unicorns over and over again and peppering in a few new places as the space in my stomach allows. Finally asked Slow Food Denver for food recommendations early enough for them to have time to respond! Responses are built into the food map and listed below.

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Denver Food Unicorns

Denver Central Market
SuperMegaBien Latin American Dim Sum
History Central Colorado (not a food place, just a unicorn, a VERY interactive museum)
il porcellino salumi
Odell Brewing Taproom
Four Pass Loop near Aspen, CO

Recommendations from Slow Food Denver

Food: Potager, Mercantile dining+provision, The Kitchen, Root Down, Linger, The Preservery, Safta, Cart-Driver, Super Mega Bien, Acorn, Avanti F&B.
Coffee: Crema Coffee House, Black Eye Coffee, Denver Bicycle Cafe (also for beer), Devil's Food, Steam Espresso Bar.
Beer: Epic Brewing, Crooked Stave, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Infinite monkey theorem (wine bar - grow their own grapes in CO!), Great Divide.

A note about Canned oxygen

I’m a hiker and an eater. When I’m traveling I’m doing one of the two, and that’s pretty much it. In getting ready for the Denver trip I was looking at 15 mile hikes, all starting at 9,000-10,000 feet of elevation. I live in Minnesota and adjust terribly to elevation, but I don’t have time between Friday and Sunday to acclimate, so I got wind of canned oxygen and apparently it’s sold at gear stores in Denver. So I’m trying it out. The orange + on the map indicates where to buy canned oxygen in Denver.

Camino Frances Food Map

The downside about this food map is that, outside of the big cities on the Camino, there aren’t that many good places to eat. The upside is that when you come to a good restaurant you might actually have an orgasm from how f-ing delicious real, well-cooked food tastes. The rest of the time, your hike will consist of bad white bread, iceberg lettuce, and canned tuna. On everything.

Best thing I learned on the Camino for eating real food is when my Swedish friend Marita started asking cafe owners for whole tomatoes, olive oil, and salt instead of ordering the overly bready/eggy tortilla (basically a quiche). I started paying attention to the food they had used as an ingredient and just started buying those ingredients outright. Fun and mildly unpleasant fact about the Camino: a lot of people get stopped-up in the butt during their first week because there’s just so much damn bread and no veggies to keep the pipes greased.

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Portland Food Map

WHERE TO EAT IN PORTLAND, OR

Use public transit or bike, there’s free bikes provided by Nike. So much good food in PDX, so many breweries, so many fun sections of town to hang out it.

To walk off the food, do the Wildwood Trail hike from the bottom of Forest Park up to the Pittock Mansion and you’ll get a view of the whole dang city. Or better yet, do the 4T trail that involves four different kinds of locomotion, including a scenic gondola (sahweeet!).

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Austin Food Map

My friend Annie used to live in Austin and I visited her with a group of friends for Austin City Limits in 2016.

I’d been to Austin a few times before, but admit it’s the first city where I had to stop making the food map because there were too many delicious, locally-sourced, affordable options with good vibes and All of the Things. Too many unicorns.

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Food Unicorns

Whip In: Public House & Curry Lounge
Built in an old gas station, this place has an enormous gorgeous patio, a flippin huge beer selection, fantastic fresh from-scratch food.

Easy Tiger Bakery & Beer Garden
Drink beer, play ping pong next to the river, eat fresh baked goods and german food that’s also fresh-baked like pretzels and sausages on fresh-baked buns. Pretty lights, delicious food, good beer, and ping pong. And a big green wall. Feels like a magical little secret garden.

Minneapolis Food Map

Compiled for a traveling crew at Wayfair, with the only requirement being that the food is ‘edible’. I know these guys like their karaoke, so I’ve included a few essential karaoke spots (why are all karaoke places in NE Minneapolis?).

Minneapolis Food Map - Open in Google Maps (if this doesn’t work, copy the link and text it to yourself. This should open it in Google Maps.