As the new Check, Please! host, Catherine De Orio can't play favorites by naming restaurants that might appear on the show, but she shared several of her favorite places for food that aren't sit-down restaurants.
'The Aviary' on Serious Eats
Since the Kyoto menu took over at neighboring Next in mid-September, The Aviary has taken part in the occasion by presenting select styles of housemade ramen to supplement its regular menu of small bites. It was with fluctuating levels of wonderment, eager anticipation, and suspicion that I sat down to try them all.
The only official mention of the bar on The Aviary's website mentions that you need an invitation. But there is another way. Turns out, to experience The Office and all its seductive charms you don't need to slip the waiters money, learn some strange handshake, or name drop. All you have to do is ask nicely.
From silky gourmet Valhrona cocoa to complex Mexican spices, there are more variations on hot chocolate in Chicago than you can shake a candy cane at. Here are some of our favorites.