Blagica Stefanovski, NBC5 Street Team (Video)
I love those days when I discover something by accident, then wonder where that discovery’s been all my life.
I had a meeting over on East Wacker last Friday. The meeting ended around lunchtime and I was starving. I decided to use the handy dandy Chicago Pedway I mentioned in my earlier post. It was chilly outside and I took advantage of being underground as much as possible. The Pedway took me over to the Illinois Center. I was familiar with the direction in which I was going and assumed I’d plop down for lunch at the Cosi. Wrong.
As I came out of the East Wacker Pedway doors that connect the Illinois Center to the Hyatt, I saw it: Hannah’s Bretzel. I remembered reading up on this new organic restaurant in Crain’s Chicago Business, but forgot the location (there are actually two locales, the other is on Washington and Wells). I was lucky enough to be in the restaurant around 2:00, so the typical lunch crowd was gone. The menu is huge, everything is organic, but it’s not like you are eating grass. This stuff is 100% goodness. They even had my favorite brand in the fridge, Lorina (mix this with vodka if you want a fun spin on a cocktail).
I settled on the Italian Parma Ham + Fresh Mozzarella sandwich. Good Lord, it was good. Before I even bit into my sandwich, the entire staff of Hannah’s Bretzel made me smile. With each sandwich, you are offered soynuts, almonds or homemade chips. Because it was my first time eating there, the chef threw in everything. Then, Danya, one of the gals behind the counter, wanted me to try their homemade scones. In the bag in went. After that, Danya’s co-worker, Jana (pronounced Yana), had me sample one of the team’s homemade cookies. Wow. Their excitement for the food and company made me excited to try everything. Speaking of team, here is a shot of the Hannah’s Bretzel Illinois Center crew:
I paid my fare, sat down in their cool European style long tables and munched away. I was in food heaven. There are CS Magazines around the area as well. I also saw people watching the news on the flat screen that was beyond the registers. All and all, everything was delicious – I actually wrapped half of the sandwich in my purse for eating later, in addition to the scone. I had that for breakfast the day next with coffee. Good gads.
As I left, the team handed me a freshly made cookie. It was so fresh, the chocolate chips were gooey and ready to be devoured. Now, don’t expect to get tons o’ freebies when you visit, but I guarantee a good, solid lunch that will leave you thinking, ‘And this is organic?” Darn tootin’! Hannah’s offers breakfast options, too.
To the team that took care of my appetite so well that day, thank you and see you again soon!!
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