Summertime Chi is Year Round at Summer House Santa Monica

Good morning my fellow foodies. Your favorite opinionated gal is back!

I have fully settled in to my new home here in Chicago and recovered from the hibernation of what felt like the LONGEST winter of my life. I wanted to kick off with a place that has become one of my top five stops in Chicago.

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Rain or shine, sleet or snow, Summer House Santa Monica is the perfect place for stepping into Southern California, right here in Chicago.

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The Chicago location is nestled off of N Halsted Street in Lincoln Park. The glass ceilings allow for a light to come in making it feel as if you’re outside while fully enjoying the benefits of air conditioning or heat depending on the season– it’s a win-win.

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Summer House’s drink menu is top notch. Their Bloody Marys are great but the Rosé Cart offers something really unique. The Summer Water Rosé is a selection that they actually have on tap seasonally– so fun!

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If you’re looking for a good starter I suggest going with the burrata. To answer your question: yes, it’s as creamy as it looks. The toasted baguette is a nice touch.

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For the main course, I went with the tostadas. Truthfully, I have never had tostadas before and didn’t know what to expect. The watermelon and tuna combo intrigued me so I thought I’d go for it. While small in size, the tostadas are big in flavor particularly spice. My tolerance is pretty moderate but these had a kick that you would not expect from their size, so beware!

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When you walk in to Summer House the first thing you see is the bakery case filled with unbelievable baked goods. Known for their homemade cookies, I wanted to be sure to try the desserts. I went with the s’mores bar with a side of the vanilla bean ice cream delicious!

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Summer House is the perfect place for brunch or dinner any time of the year. Who needs a vacation when you can stop in here?

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Summer House Santa Monica gets 10/10.

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