Five Fixations

Another Friday is upon us! I am looking forward to having next week off of school and visiting family in a warmer climate. Stay tuned for some food posts outside of Chicago.

Have a great weekend!


I love this picture of my grilled cheese at 3 Arts Club Cafe. It’s a very photogenic sandwich.


Awesome tank from Buy Me Brunch.

IMG_3733This Domino’s Pizza Instagram post cracks me up.


My favorite park in Chicago. Not bad for a February day.

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Nowhere to go but up!


Menu Musts-Bar Marta

When you make your way to Bar Marta, you will experience a series of thoughts and conversations that will go something like this:

  1. Why don’t Uber X drivers know where they’re going and why is their GPS always off? We are in the middle of nowhere.
  2. Oh, no we’re here. I see the sign. Okay, we’re fine.
  3. Wait, it’s closed. All the windows are blacked out.
  4. Oh I get it.¬†They don’t need to be noticed. They’re being avant garde.¬†They are open.
  5. This place is too cool for me.

So you’re settled. Cocktail in hand, food ready to be ordered. The smallish menu makes it easy to order lots to share, and with four people, we made sure that we did.

Top Three

The baked oysters are a take on Oysters Rockefeller and they were a literal flavor explosion in your mouth. We ordered a second round and had to hold ourselves back from ordering more.

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The meatballs were classic and dense. We devoured these quickly and awaited our three pasta dishes. It was Friday, after all.

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Cacio E Pepe is everywhere now, but there is a science to it. The pasta has to be made in house, the sauce needs to be creamy, but not too thick, and there needs to be just the right amount of pepper. If it’s too peppery, the dish is ruined. Luckily, this one passed the test. It was unanimously our favorite pasta.

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Still Good

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Grilled Halibut Nicoise

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Crudite with Buttermilk Cottage Cheese Dip


Not Our Favorites

-Smoked Eggplant

-Steamed Greens

-Garganelli with Pork Ragu