REVIVAL FOOD HALL’S 7 BEST EATS & SIPS
Thanks to Revival Food Hall, Chicago’s food courts will no longer be synonymous with McDonald’s and Panda Express. The newly opened gourmet cafeteria brings the city’s hottest restaurants to the Loop.
While Revival Food Hall may have been built with the Loop lunch rush in mind, it’s great for giving out-of-towners an express tour of Chicago’s cult favorites. There’s no need to travel from neighborhood to neighborhood when you can get Aloha Poke Co.’s poke, Furious Spoon’s ramen, and Mindy Segal’s baked goods under one roof.
I got a sneak peek at Revival Food Hall before it opened. While it was impossible to sample every dish from each of the 15 vendors, the following are my favorite eats and sips from Revival Food Hall, listed in no particular order.
1. Furious Spoon‘s Citrus Chicken Shio Ramen
You can now get the city’s most popular ramen for lunch if you work in the Loop. Orange wheels garnish the bowl of the citrus chicken shio ramen and leave a hint of tangy flavor that lightens the sticky, savory broth. Succumb to the up-sell and get the recommended add-ons of corn and garlic for even more flavor.
2. Aloha Poke Co.‘s Salmon Crunch Bowl
Aloha Poke Co. gets credit for turning a Hawaiian staple into the latest food trend in Chicago. Poke has been compared to many things: deconstructed sushi, seafood salad, or even the red wine to ceviche’s white wine. Try the salmon crunch bowl for yourself to make your own conclusions. It’s topped with edamame, cucumbers, jalapenos, tobiko, and a mystery crunch ingredient.
3. Revival Bakery’s Ham and Gruyere Croissant
With celebrity chef Mindy Segal at the helm of Revival Bakery, you know everything they offer will be outstanding. I was particularly fond of the flaky ham and gruyere croissant, which put a savory twist on this typically sweet French classic.
4. Graze Kitchenette‘s Avocado Matcha Bowl
Graze’s avocado matcha bowl is one of the most delicious and confusing dishes I tried at Revival Food Hall. It’s neither savory nor sweet. Even though it looks like guacamole, it tastes nothing like its Mexican cousin. The dish is similar to an acai bowl in that the base consists of a pureed fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit!) and is topped with parfait-like toppings. This base was made of pureed avocado, matcha (green tea), and lime juice and topped with thin slices of mango, coconut flakes, goji berries and granola. The avocado has a very neutral flavor that is brightened up by the lime. It’s refreshing, original, and addictive. It’s a must-try.
5. Antique Taco‘s Crispy Fish Taco
Antique Taco is yet another Wicker Park hotspot calling Revival Food Hall its home away from home. Antique Taco’s crispy fish taco is battered to perfection and garnished with cabbage so smoky that it actually tastes like bacon. Pair it with a refreshing house rosemary margarita.
6. Brown Bag Seafood‘s Shrimp Roll
Brown Bag’s first venture outside of their Millenium Park-adjacent shop brings their sustainable seafood to the heart of downtown Chicago. Try the shrimp roll, which is made of juicy shrimp smothered in lobster sauce and served on a buttery New England roll. Pair it with the truffle tots for a winning combination.
7. Harvest Juicery‘s Pear Juice
The folks at Harvest Juicery’s stand encouraged me to try every one of the 10 juices they were sampling. The pear juice reigned supreme in my book. The cold pressed juice is made of pears, pineapple, ginger, and thyme. I loved the ginger, which added a slight kick to the naturally sweet beverage.
Have you been to Revival Food Hall yet? Which vendors are you dying to try? Let me know in the comments below!
125 S. Clark St. (Loop)
Chicago, IL 60603