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Blast Marketing Invites NowYouKnow to Dine at Wildberry Cafe & Porkchop

NowYouKnow continuously strives to bring you – our readers – the newest, the latest, the best Chicago has to offer.  We want to introduce our followers to all things Chicago including dining, fashion, nightlife, music, art, charity, and more.  And in order to deliver the best we try to visit different places throughout the city so we can share our firsthand experiences with all of you.  Recently, our friends at Blast Marketing & PR invited us to be guests at two local Chicago eating establishments: Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe in the heart of downtown and Porkchop in the West Loop – both coincidentally on Randolph… opposite ends of Randolph.

I have been dying to try Wildberry since they opened in the city and couldn’t think of a better way to begin the Friday after Thanksgiving and a day off work.  Eating delicious pancakes and sipping Intelligentsia coffee trumps Black Friday shopping mayheim in my book. So, off we went for a lovely early afternoon brunch downtown near Millennium Park.  Wildberry has your typical cafe feel.  It’s a very open and large space with several tables and booths throughout.  Great for family dining for sure and definitely a spot I’d return for brunch with the menu of options.  There is definitely something on the menu to please everyone’s pallete. 

What we ordered: Pumpkin Spice Latte (Steamed milk, pumpkin syrup and espresso topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spices), the Garden Skillet (Asparagus, mushrooms, onions, spinach, tomatoes and broccoli), the Fresca Omelette (Sun-dried tomatoes, provolone cheese, basil and avocado), and of course their signature buttermilk pancakes on the side with real butter and real maple syrup!  Everything was delicious but the Pumpkin Spice Latte and Buttermilk Pancakes were the stand-outs.  Service was also good.

WILDBERRY PANCAKES AND CAFÉ
130 E Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
312.938.9777
www.wildberrycafe.com/chicago.html

Blast Marketing & PR also invited us to be guests at Porkchop in the West Loop which is predominately known for it’s Pork and Whiskey selections.  Whiskey I love, pork not so much, but I’m certainly not opposed to trying anything at least once.  I have actually been to Porkchop many times but only for appetizers and drinks, never dinner.  Needless to say I was excited to actually taste a full entree.

And I absolutely LOVE the decor at Porkchop.  The design team did an excellent job.  It’s is a smaller, more intimate rustic setting.  The kitchen is surrounded by glass.so you can see inside and all kinds of butcher knives and meat hooks are hanging along the glass.  Above the bar is this awesome light fixture made with mason jars, and the curtain made out of all types of saws in different shapes and sizes is by far the main attraction.

What we ordered: Red & Green Tomato Salad (arugula, sea salt and olive oil), Bacon and Leek Risotto (arborio rice topped with an egg yolk), Damn Good Baby Back Ribs (with fries and slaw), and of course some whiskey.  The owner also surprised us with the “secret” recipe cheescake… so secret, in fact, it isn’t even included on the menu.  The salad was unbelievably fresh and delicious.  I could have ate a few of them it was that good.  The risotto was good but not being much of a carnivore I would order it next time without the bacon.  The ribs were…. well, your typical ribs.  I only took a small taste as again, I am not a huge meat eater.  The secret cheesecake was surprisingly very enjoyable.  I say surprisingly because I really don’t like cheesecake either.  And by now you are all probably wondering if there is anything out there I really do like.  And the answer is yes – PLENTY!!!  Anyways, back to the cheesecake – I would describe it as “the cheesecake for non-cheesecake lovers” as it is much denser than your typical cheesecake and the secret sauce drizzled on top makes it a definite winner.  Plus the fresh strawberries on the side didn’t hurt.  The food, the decor, and the atmosphere at Porkchop are all wonderful, but what I love the most about the establishment is the staff.  Customer Service is second to none there and the brains behind the operation definitely deserve applause for a job well done and continuously done well!

PORKCHOP
941 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
312.733.9333
http://porkchopchicago.com/