August 27, 2009

Healthy lunch in Wrigleyville

While we were in Chicago, we were lucky enough to get tickets to see the Cubs with a few friends. So we headed up early to Wrigley Field to check out Wrigleyville and grab some lunch. We were amazed by the number of fans who were already lining up to get into the stadium 3 hours prior to game time!

We walked up to the northern part of Wrigleyville to Uncommon Ground, a local restaurant that features fresh ingredients from nearby farms (and from their rooftop which houses the 1st certified organic farm in Chicago).

We were definitely in Cubs country!
Sapient Trip Ale ($7): A bottle of a Midwest craft beer from Dark Horse Brewing in Michigan. A good way to start off your late morning before a baseball game. A hard to find beer with decent body and hops, this tripel beer will not wear out your palate. The restaurant has a small but very good beer list, which includes Surly, Goose Island and Bell's.
Slagel family farm burger ($11): We added aged cheddar (+$0.75) to the burger. The meat was so tender and juicy you could have this tartare style, we would recommend this rare like we had.
Sunshine Salad ($13, large): Since the restaurant had its own garden, we had to have the salad and we were not disappointed! Lots of organic greens and seasonal farmer’s market vegetables (including red and green peppers, broccoli, carrots, and chanterelle mushrooms), avocado, sunflower seeds & sprouts, with an apple cider vinaigrette and seeded flatbread. It was one of the best dishes we have ever eaten - and we don't usually order salads as entrees!
Uncommon Ground is located at 3800 North Clark St. in Chicago, IL.

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