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Revival Food Hall’s 7 Best Eats & Sips

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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.

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Furious Spoon’s Chicken Citrus Shio Ramen


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. 

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Aloha Poke Co.’s Salmon Crunch Bowl


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.

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Mindy Segal’s Ham & Gruyere Croissant

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Mindy Segal having fun while passing out soft pretzels


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.

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Graze Kitchenette’s Avocado Matcha Bowl 


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.

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Antique Taco’s Crispy Fish Taco and Rosemary Margarita

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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.

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Brown Bag Seafood’s Shrimp Roll


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.

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Harvest Juicery’s Pear Juice is pictured in yellow

Have you been to Revival Food Hall yet? Which vendors are you dying to try? Let me know in the comments below! 


Revival Food Hall

125 S. Clark St. (Loop)
Chicago, IL 60603

(773) 999-9411


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3 Comments

  • Reply Marilyn Egel

    Looks like Chi-town just got even more interesting! I haven’t yet been to Revival Food Hall, but thanks much for this fantastic introduction. I cannot wait to check it out!

    August 18, 2016 at 4:57 PM
    • Ana Cvetkovic
      Reply Ana Cvetkovic

      Thanks so much Marilyn! We’ll have to check it out the next time we’re in the Loop!

      August 18, 2016 at 11:43 PM
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