The Local Ladle

Heirloom Tomato Quiche

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Last night I decided to head back to the suburbs for a quiet night away from the sirens and taxi horns and I’m so glad I did!  I feel like since starting my new job and moving downtown I just haven’t taken a second to just relax and actually truly cook.

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Cindy’s- Chicago

Cindys

12 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

MONDAY – FRIDAY
Lunch 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 2:00 am

SATURDAY
Brunch 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 3:00 am

SUNDAY
Brunch 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
4:00 pm – 12:00 am

Undoubtedly on the list of top summer rooftops, stepping out onto Cindy’s terrace and overlooking the endless turquoise lake Michigan, you there is not better panoramic view of the city. Perfectly placed in the Chicago Athletic Club Hotel, Cindy’s airy “beach house” feel flawlessly contrasts the dark smoky feel of the historic men’s club.

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Pinewood Social- Nashville

Pinewood Social- Nashville 7

33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210

| Hours 7:00am- 1:00am |

My first time walking into Pinewood Social I thought I had found the greatest hidden gem of all time tucked right off the beaten path of downtown Nashville. Little did I realize that all the Nashville locals knew of the spot! I should have known; this place was way to epic to be a secret!

Owned by brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg, Pinewood Social was created to offer Nashville a go-to social gathering place. Pinewood Social accommodates their guest’s daily routines by brewing up one of the best cups of coffees to start the day, a comfortable place to meet for a casual lunch with a co-worker, and Pinewood Social even converts to be a happy hour spot to sip on a delicious cocktail after a long work week.

Pinewood Social has a little something for everyone. Not necessarily catered to specifically locals or tourists, this spot is merely a place to meet friends and play! Yes, literally play! Pinewood Social has six reclaimed wood lanes from an old Bowl O’ Rama in Indiana. (It might just be the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.) When the weather is nice, the outdoor patio also offers bocce ball and features two dipping pools for a much needed cool down in the Nashville heat. Read more

Smashed Avocado Toast

smashed avocado toast

When I moved in Savannah, GA naturally one of my biggest worries wasn’t moving halfway across the country, but was making sure that I lived walking distance from a coffee shop. My spot was called Collins Quarters. The open, airy, and modern space was the perfect environment to read and write.

Not only is the Mocha Lavender Latte unbelievable, but Collins Quarters actually has some of my most favorite dishes in Savannah.  My favorite dish, that I still crave till this day, is their Smashed Avocado Toast with a poached egg. On two slices of crispy thick sourdough, the creaminess of the avocado and poached egg is cut by the freshness of the heirloom tomatoes and pepperiness of the radishes. Read more

Flipside- Nashville

Flip Side Nashville

Flipside offers a modern diner-type experience in the 12 South area of Nashville, TN.  Serving up about 21 unique chicken dishes alongside with tator tots, milkshakes, extravagant bloody mary’s, and beers. This spot has a little bit of everything for everyone.

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