Sep 23, 2011

Dinner Downtown: Markethouse Chicago

Last weekend, I headed downtown to meet my college roommate who was in town for a conference for dinner.  We haven't seen each other since my wedding (which just happens to be exactly 8 years ago this week) so of course the company was fabulous.  But because of my late arrival (that's a whole other post for another time) we didn't have time to venture out to find a place to eat that I was familiar with. So instead we opted for the restuarant in her hotel.

We were a little nervous that we were under dressed for Markethouse, but once we were brave enough to step in we saw that while the decor of the resturant is gorgeous the overall feel was comfortable and we fit right in.

We quickly learned from our waiter that Markhouse prides its self on providing delicious sustainable food, using local farmers and even has its own rooftop garden.

Much of the menu was a little fancier than my taste but they did have a burger and mac n' cheese. But not the kind of burger or mac n cheese I make at home. This stuff was awesome and while the prices were rather downtown looking on the menu, we really did get a ton of food.  Since they listed the entrees and sides separately and there was no mention of fries, I ordered a 'side' of mac n cheese.  The waiter pointed out that it was 'healthy' portion and suggested we share it (we both ordered a side).  But we didn't heed his warning, so I was stuffed when we left and I actually could not eat everything, which is a rare occasion for me when dining out.  And everything tasted amazing!! 
10 oz Grilled Black Angus Burger: over a half pound of savory Black Angus beef, stuffed with BBQ braised short ribs, roasted peppers, onions and topped with succulent, melted Carr Valley aged white cheddar

Mac & Cheese Gratin: apple wood smoked bacon; 7 year aged Carr Valley white cheddar
I don't know how I'll ever manage to eat Kraft mac n cheese again!  This was so yummy and even the 'petite' portion probably could have been a meal and actually left me with room to even LOOK at the dessert menu!

Disclosure: I paid for this meal and have not been compensated in anyway.


  1. Oh my, that mac and cheese sounds (and looks) delicious!

  2. I am in awe over that mac and cheese. I am SO going to go there and order that when I go to Chicago next.


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