Recently, Chicago diners have had the pleasure of having two great culinary events (Chicago Restaurant Week & Chef’s Week) to showcase some of the city’s great restaurants. As the resident foodie at Zapwater, I was eager to try as many restaurants as possible and even encouraged my fellow Zapwater employees to get out of the office and have a few (rare) nice lunches with me. I love the opportunity to dine at some higher end restaurants for an affordable price and had some really great meals along the way including the Garganelli Pasta with Spanish White Atlantic Tuna at Naha and the delicious Wok Seared Prawns with Chile-Garlic Paste at Aja in The Dana Hotel. We also had lunch at the new West Loop restaurant, Prairie Fire and tried their signature burger. Although I loved the blue cheese topping and the fact that it came with no bun, I have to disagree with Chicago Magazine naming it the #1 burger. My favorite burger is still the Havarti Burger at Duchamp, hands down.
For Chef’s week, I also tried Lincoln Park’s new Kith & Kin and had the most amazing shrimp and grits I’ve had in a long time and a to die for peanut butter pie with pretzel crust!! I couldn’t get enough of it! After all that eating and starving myself for weeks after, I can’t wait for my next foodie adventure in San Francisco and Sonoma. Stay tuned…

Annie Neyman Block
Group Director