Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money and I was in no way reimbursed for this blog post. The opinions are completely my own.
After a fairly fancy lunch on our first day in Chicago, we knew we wanted something pretty low key for dinner. After searching a bit online (and taking a nap back after we got into our hotel room) we decided to go with Sweetwater Tavern and Grill. It was just a short walk from our hotel and seemed to have laid back but still interesting food choices.
When we got to the restaurant we quickly realized that this was also somewhere that we had walked by many times before (coincidentally, later we realized we could even see it from our hotel room window!) but had never gone. This place must be very popular for happy hour for business people because the bar area was packed when we got there! It was a bit noisy with the bustling sound of people, but nothing too loud or obnoxious.
The husband ordered the Vermont burger which is a burger with aged cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Its worth noting that they are pretty proud of their beef:
All burgers available gluten free.Burgers are also antibiotics free, hormone free, gluten free, free range, grass fed,100% vegetarian diet, 100% traceable, 100% sustainable, US born and raised family farms and ranches.
With his burger he got tator tots – which I actually snuck a few of because they were delicious! (not like the frozen tator tots that I know you are all thinking about right now.)
For my meal, I got the grilled cheese – cheddar and mozzarella on potato bread. The sandwich was SO cheesy, and the potato bread was a nice touch to add a little bit of uniqueness to a pretty generic grilled cheese sandwich. I don’t know that I’ve ever had potato bread before, but I liked it quite a bit, I only wish that it was a bit more crispy. I also had a side salad, and although it wasn’t filled with lots of toppings it was a decent size and fresh crispy lettuce.
The meal was good and just a bit more than your normal “tavern and grill” type restaurant. Even though the meals were a bit more pricey than a “normal” burger place, the ingredients were different and the serving sizes were quite large – neither of us finished all of our food!
Taste: A-, not quite perfect but pretty darn close. If the bread would have been a little more crisp it would have been great.
Cost: A, considering the amount and quality of food, it was about right. The burger was $9.99.
Would I go there again? I’m not sure. The food was good, but there are many places that are similar.