Menu Musts-Benchmark

Benchmark is one of my favorite neighborhood spots for a consistently delicious lunch or dinner. It kicks the standard bar slider and pizza puff menu up several notches, and it has a retractable roof that makes it perfect for mild weather.

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My favorites:

Appetizers


  1. Hot Soft Pretzels: These are hands down my favorite menu item. They are perfect for sharing; or not.
  2. Sriracha Chicken Sliders: A relatively new addition to the menu. I love the slight kick of sriracha paired with a bite-sized Hawaiian bun.

Mains


  1. Fish Tacos-You can mix and match cod, tilapia and shrimp. I usually do the shrimp and cod.
  2. Mediterranean Plate- A good sampler platter with a healthy variety of grilled chicken, quinoa tabbouleh, roasted red pepper and eggplant dip, pita and avocado yogurt.
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Fish Tacos

Dessert


There is only one dessert and you will love and hate yourself for it at the same time. The skillet cookie is perfect. My friends and I smelled it from two tables away the last time I was there. We came close to asking for a helping.


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Sweetstagram

Whenever I find Instagram posts that I like, I take a screen shot of them to remember the account or use them for later blog posts. Yesterday, as I flipped through my phone, I noticed that my most recent screen shots were all of sweet treats. Not a big surprise, but these really all stood out to me for their beauty and craving factors. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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Rainbow pancakes from The Vulgar Chef

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Cinnamon roll skillet from Foodbeast

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Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies from Instadishh

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Upgraded funfetti from The Infatuation

I’m Full Favorites: Sandwiches

I love me a sandwich. Anything between bread interests me. For this post, I composed a list of my all time favorite sandwiches from across the world. It was a difficult task, but I was able to narrow it down to five. The order is not meant as a ranking, they are all unbelievable in their own way. So, here goes.

1. Lobster Reuben-Joe’s Stone Crab Take Away, Miami, FL

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2. Biscuit and Egg Sandwich-Leghorn Cafe, Chicago, ILleghorn-cafe

3. #11-J.J.’s Pastrami Special- Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Ann Arbor, MI

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4. Turkey, Brie and Sundried Tomatoes-Antico Noe, Florence, Italy

5. Cubano-90 Miles Cuban Cafe, Chicago, IL

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Gettin Spriggy with it

You know that saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?” If you don’t, I’m worried for you.

That statement is said so often because it usually does ring true. I, however, have found an outlier; my new favorite app and go-to dinner option, Sprig.

Sprig is a food delivery service that offers four different meal options for lunch and four for dinner, available Monday through Friday. The options are organic and made with sustainable meats, and there is always at least one vegetarian and one gluten free option. Calorie count and nutritional info are available for every meal too.

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Chicken tikka masala with rice and cauliflower

And the too good to be true part? Correction, parts. Meals range from 9-12 dollars, delivery is $2.75, the food arrives within 20 minutes, and you are not allowed to tip the delivery person.

I have now ordered from Sprig multiple times, and my favorite dinner is definitely the Chicken Tikka Masala, a healthier version of the Indian favorite that is usually loaded with cream.

So, what are you waiting for? Sprig it up!

Parlor Pizz’eh’

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I recently made an executive decision with my strategies team, (Sully) to eliminate negative restaurant reviews from my blog. I think it creates bad energy and nobody needs that. That said, I have to tell you about my experience at Parlor Pizza Bar on Saturday night.

Picture this: Perfect weather. Rooftop bar. Downstairs patio with picnic tables. Loud inside bar with more tables. Rosé flowing like water. Girls in crop tops that read: #roséallday. Girls in other variations of crop tops taking selfies with their rosé and instagramming their selfie with the hashtag, you guessed it, roséallday. So, there’s that.

Then there is my group of six, who I will coin, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillars’. We’re over 25. Our clothes actually cover our extremities. We’re having drinks, but we have them with the end goal of food in mind. Suddenly, except not suddenly at all, our 45 minute wait for the patio turns into a 2 hour wait for inside. Not happy. We get our food quickly, likely because we pulled our waitress out of the bathroom so she would take our order.

The pizza is good. The salads are good. The calamari is good. Nothing is great. I am not denying that we eat the meal like we are headed straight to the chair, but, on a scale of 1 to eh, it’s an eh.

That rooftop bar though, it is pretty fantastic. Especially when the reality is that our outdoor days are numbered.

So, here’s the bottom line: Enjoy the roof, but have a brisket sandwich beforehand, preferably from Green Street Smoked Meats.