Chicago Birthday Week Eats

I celebrated my birthday last week with family and enjoyed eats at an old favorite and two new {to me} Chicago restaurants.

On my birthday, my mom and I visited Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits for a late breakfast with baby C. The Ravenswood location {4947 N. Damen Avenue} opened last spring and I have been wanting to try their breakfast for months. Bang Bang is famous for their biscuits and pie. This breakfast did not disappoint! I had an Avocado Biscuit which was topped with fresno chiles, queso fresco, mole spice, and cilantro. I loved that the biscuit was served in a unique rectangular shape. We shared Key Lime Pie for breakfast dessert. Their Key Lime Pie is one of the best I’ve tried. Check out the menu here.

Later that night we went out for a birthday dinner at Spacca Napoli Pizzeria with K and my in-laws. Spacca Napoli is my favorite Neapolitan-style pizza with an amazing, wood-fired thin crust and authentic Italian toppings. We shared a burrata cheese appetizer to start – the cheese is flown in from Italy weekly. My favorite Spacca Napoli pizza is the Diavola, with blended San Marzano tomatoes, fior di latte {cheese}, calabrese soppressata {spicy salami} and basil. Spacca Napoli is located at 1769 W. Sunnyside Avenue. Check out their menu here.

We shared a few bites of tiramisu for dessert and went home for cake. Specifically From Scratch Carrot Cake by I am Homesteader. With cream cheese frosting, obviously.

After a decadent birthday day of eats, I wanted something lighter. My mom and I stopped by Lyfe Kitchen the next day for a lunch out while running errands. We visited Lyfe Kitchen in Lincoln Park {1538 N. Clybourn Avenue} but there are a number of locations in the Chicago area.

I was very impressed with the food! Lyfe Kitchen is an American-style fast casual restaurant with healthy menu offerings. I had the black bean burger which came with a side salad topped with the best lemon vinaigrette. My mom had fish tacos and we also shared baked sweet potato fries. The weather was warm enough to be summer that day so we tried “Lyfe Waters” with lunch. We both had the Cucumber Mint, which includes cucumber juice, mint, lime and agave.

I’ll definitely head back to Lyfe Kitchen again for a quick and healthy lunch. Check out the menu here.

I can’t resist sharing one photo of our littlest lunch date. He’s not eating “real” food yet but he certainly enjoys being out and about!

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