The restaurants on Michigan Avenue right up the street from Roosevelt Park make it difficult to decide what’s for dinner. Options include the incredible, iconic Slows Bar BQ, where the food is so good, I temporarily disregard my otherwise strict vegetarianism because those burnt ends will do that. I didn’t even know what burnt ends were before we experienced them at Slows.
In terms of picturesque beauty, Slows has a stunning door perfect for a photo op if you’re a door person, too. Even if you’re not, you might be after you see the grand entrance to Slows. The inside is decorated to impress the eye as much as the food pleases the taste buds, too.
Speaking of sweet doors, another phenomenal dining option a few doors down from Slows is a delightful ramen spot called ima izakaya. Of all the places to enjoy a meal, ima is by far the most picturesque from the moment you step up to the kaleidoscopic entrance. The entry door is a gem all its own, and the cozy, artistic vibe inside is the most perfect backdrop to a delicious meal in Corktown. The outdoor terrace is equally stunning. Safe to say this is our favorite spot, and it is the one we frequent most for feel-good food. The dedicated, loyal restaurant staff at ima is simply amazing, and the happy hour menu is truly unbeatable.