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 certain amount of time of picking out a new restaurant to eat at every night, it gets old and turns into a hard decision every night. I’m not saying that I don’t love going out to dinner – but 4 nights in a row gets to be a bit much. Especially when I know that there are so many good restaurants in Chicago that I want to make the most out of my trip and go to the best places! It gets stressful. I know I should be grateful to be able to go out to eat that often, and eat at such nice restaurants, and I am, but sometimes I just want to have a simple bagel with cream cheese.
With all that said, dinner on our last night in Chicago was a tough decision. We were tired, but we wanted another meal with delicious food. After looking at a few different places, we landed on Mity Nice. I have been sent emails from a PR company that represents Mity Nice (and other Chicago restaurants) in the past, and in all honesty that is probably why we decided to go there. (although they’ve sent emails in the past, they had no idea I was coming and that has no affect on my review) It was a bit of a walk from our hotel, but the food all sounded so good so we decided to just go for it.
It is located in Water Tower Place (which I’ve been many times before) but it is kind of hidden in the basement. It I would have seen it, and known about it, I think I would have gone there sooner!
The meal started with popovers. These were smaller than the others that we had over the weekend, but just as delicious.
For dinner, the husband got the applewood bacon cheddar burger with merkt’s cheddar cheese. For his side he got a mix of sweet potato fries and fresh cut french fries. He really enjoyed the burger and noted that the could actually taste that there was something special about the cheese – apparently most of the time when restaurants say they use a certain kind of cheddar he can’t generally tell the difference.
For my meal, I went for the chicken french dip – thin sliced chicken breast, mozzarella cheese (and I skipped the red peppers) served with au jus. I’m not a roast beef fan, so I’m never had a “real” french dip, but this one appealed to me since it is very similar to a sandwich I’d normally eat. Man oh man this sandwich was good! It was so fresh tasting, and the bread was crispy and delicious. I did dip in the au jus a few times, but even just the sandwich alone was good for me. This is definitely something that I need to recreate for myself at home!
Along with my sandwich I had a side salad. I normally get ranch dressing with my salad, but they said that this was tossed in a house dressing so I decided to go with it. The dressing was a light vinaigrette and reminded me a bit of the dressing that is on Olive Garden’s salad – which I love! Also, as I’m sure you can tell from the photo, the greens were diverse and not just iceberg like many restaurant salads are – in fact, I don’t know if there is iceberg in it at all.
I loved my meal and was glad we made the trek down to this restaurant. Even though it is a bit hidden, it has a modern feel and once you are inside eating you can’t tell at all that you are in a mall. The menu is not large but it does seem like there is a little something for everyone.
Taste: A+, really delicious, fresh, and unique.
Cost: A, it was a bit more expensive (I think the husband’s burger was $12.50) but considering the quality of the food I think it was well worth it.
Would I go there again? There are other things that I would like to try on the menu, and since its in a pretty popular area I have a feeling it is in such a convenient location that I will be going again.