I have spent the last four and a half years in and around downtown Naperville, and I've had a lot to eat. Today, to celebrate Naperville Restaurant Week, I'm sharing my top 5 places to eat when you're in downtown Naperville. If you're looking for a place to eat this weekend, consider this your Halle-approved restaurant guide for DT Naperville.
Egg Harbor Café
It's only natural to start with "the important mell of the day," as my brother put it when he was 5 years old. If I'm up early enough to find a parking spot in downtown and make it to breakfast, Egg Harbor Café is my favorite place to stop. My favorite things to order are the crepes or the avocado toast (white girl alert). They also have a great little coffee bar that has your classic lattes and cappuccinos as well as seasonal drinks.
The Craftsman by Two Brothers
I have frequented this spot in Naperville ever since it opened. This three story building has a coffee shop on the ground floor, a restaurant on the second and a cocktail bar on the third level. Pre-baby, I was in the coffee shop all the time drinking copious amounts of matcha and working on the blog, a paper for school or just hanging out and reading a book. The second floor features a farm-to-table menu for both lunch and dinner that changes seasonally. I've never been disappointed by a meal there. They have a great prix fixe menu for Naperville Restaurant Week. Nolan and I stopped in on Monday for dinner. We both started with the soup which was a vegetable soup and then I ordered the beef cheek bolognese for my entree. Nolan got the lamb shank and said it was the best one he's ever had. For dessert I had the caramel cheesecake which was delicious. Unfortunately the dessert options were not gluten-free but they accommodated Nolan and gave him the ice cream of his choice. And before you finish up your visit, I definitely recommend checking out the third floor. While the cocktails can get pricey, they're definitely good. Instead of hitting the third floor on our way out, we grabbed some drinks down in the cafe to warm us up.
MidiCi the Neapolitan Pizza Co.
This is one of Nolan's favorites because of their gluten-free pizza. For those who don't know us well, Nolan has a gluten allergy so it's important to us to find places that have good GF options and a clean environment. We figured out that he was getting micro-glutened every time he ate a Culver's concrete mixer so now I make it clear that he has an allergy so we can avoid him getting sick. What's great about MidiCi is that they have a great GF pizza and keep it seperate from the regular dough so there's no risk of cross-contamination. We've gotten pizza there several times and have never had a problem. We were excited to stop in for dinner on Tuesday and try out their restaurant week menu that included a scoop of gelato after my margherita pizza (my personal favorite.)
Fat Rosie's Taco and Tequila Bar
I experienced the tequila part of Fat Rosie's on Tuesday with a complimentary tequila shot. It's definitely been awhile since I've taken one of those. But anyways, their tacos are straight fire emoji. This new restaurant is already making a splash in downtown. The great thing about Mexican food is that it's usually made with corn tortillas which are safe for Nolan. We tasted some taquitos, a salad, tacos a burrito, tres leches and flan on Tuesday for $15 a piece. Seriously, restaurant week menus are killing it on prices and food right now so go try some of these places before the specials end on February 3. What was awesome was that everything besides the steak burrito was gluten free so Nolan got to even try the tres leches at the end. We also got drinks as well — Nolan had the mango margarita, which he loves, and I had the white sangria, though I think that the red is definitely better.
SixtyFour - A Wine Bar
I had to end this post with my former employer, SixtyFour. Working at a wine bar is fun because you get to try a lot of wine... working at a wine bar while pregnant sucks because you have to watch everyone else try wine while you drink copious amounts of water. Anyways, Nolan and I still like to stop in every now and then to say hi to our friends and try out new wines or get a glass of our favorites. Nolan loves Groth and I'm a fan of any Spanish red, though I've been getting Juggernaut lately when we go in. Seriously, it's so good. Just try a glass. If you don't know about the concept, there are four wine stations where you can choose to get a 1 oz., 3 oz. or 6oz. pour of wine. It's a great way to try out different wines and find out what you like. Each wine is individually priced as well and pours are tracked on a wine card so you are in control of the wine drinking experience. They have a prix fixe dinner menu for restaurant week, but I'd say skip that and get a cheese and charcuterie board to go with your wine. If you do want to try out the menu, go with the duck risotto, a favorite of mine and Nolan as well since it's a GF-friendly dish.
Be sure to check out all the options Naperville has to offer for restaurant week at dinenaperville.com before the specials end next weekend.
See you back here on Tuesday for a winter styling post!
Much to my mother's dismay, I only wash my hair once a week. I started doing this about two years ago and haven't looked back since then. But this means that the products I use on my hair are really important to helping maintain semi-decent looking hair for a full seven days. Today I'm going to run through some of my haircare favorites for the last several months.
Living proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil
Naturally, your hair can start to look a little dry and brittle on the ends when you don't condition it more than once a week. If I'm not going to do a bun and my ends are looking a little ratty, I'll smooth some of this hair oil from mid-shaft to the ends of my hair to revive it. My favorite thing about this particular oil — and all Living proof products for that matter — is the smell. But it also works great as well.
IGK Trust Fund Thickening Foam
So IGK apparently doesn't make this product anymore. Trust Fund is now a scalp rebalancing treatment which is pretty much the exact opposite of this product, but they have Sunday Funday Texture Foam which I'm assuming is similar to this. I first discovered this product/line when I cut off all my hair in December (still crying about this, tbh). I didn't want my new Dakota Johnson-inspired bob to fall flat so I went on the hunt for a mousse to keep my hair voluminous and textured. This was the winner. It even gives my hair a little bit of a wave when I use it and scrunch while I blowdry. I do find, though, that this product doesn't work as well on my hair now as it did when it was shorter.
Living proof Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler
So I can be incredibly lazy when it comes to my hair. I mean, I only wash it once a week because it's a chore, so I need products that do the work for me. This product is the last step I take before getting out of the shower if I want to air dry my hair that day. It helps dry my hair quickly and doesn't make my hair stick flat to my head (driving with the top down on my car helps that problem as well). If you're looking for the perfect lazy girl hair product, this is it.
Living proof Full Dry Volume Blast
My holy grail volumizing spray. It does not get better than Full Dry Volume Blast. I used to be obsessed with Triple Sec 3-in-1 from Drybar, but Living proof's version is my all-time favorite. My hair is HUGE when I use this. It makes everything from ponytails to buns to curls look voluminous when I really don't have that much hair normally. If you're going to splurge on any hair product, I recommend this or the last product on the list.
Living proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
You had to know that a dry shampoo was going to be on this list as soon as I talked about my hair washing habits (or lack thereof). I've tried everything from TRESemmé to Drybar to Batiste (still a drugstore favorite), but I always come back to Living proof. I really love their full range of products and it all began with this dry shampoo. It smells great and make my hair look like it was freshly washed even if I'm on day 5. Completely worth the $23, in my opinion.
What are your favorite hair products right now? Let me know in the comments!
Photos by Halle Olson, Shot on iPhone 7, Edited on Adobe Lightroom