Restaurant Week at The Hampton Social
If you’re somewhat into the food scene in Chicago, you may have heard of Restaurant Week. An annual celebration of the restaurants in Chicago, Restaurant Week offers prix-fixe menus that highlight some of the best items on the menu at a relatively lower prices.
This year, I decided to commit myself to a more thorough investigation of Chicago’s restaurant scene as a last hurrah. The first restaurant I wanted to feature was The Hampton Social. If you’re at all active on Instagram, you’ve probably seen every basic girl plaster the iconic “Rosé All Day” neon sign across their feeds, glorifying their frosé, and munching on avocado toast.
In all its glory, The Hampton Social is a nautical-themed, super East-Coast vibey place that has two locations in Chicago. I highly recommend the one in River North–you’ll get the gram-worthy experience and occasionally some great live music.
The Restaurant Week menu was divided into three categories: brunch, lunch, and dinner. Of course, I chose the winter lunch to celebrate the long-gone misery of Winter Quarter Midterms.
Even though the selection of dishes weren’t crazy extensive for the courses, I still had trouble trying to pick which items would be best for me. But (spoiler alert) literally everything was good.
I’ve been to The Hampton Social a couple of times, and I would say that the Restaurant Week menu was definitely a good deal. The portion sizes are as big as they normally are (which you definitely cannot say for all participating restaurants) and the range of exploration of the menu is great too.
A few dishes I highly recommend if you decide to go yourself are the clam chowder, beach bowl, and (not on the restaurant week menu) the shrimp tacos. I’d probably steer clear from the oysters though. They’re a little too briny for my liking and definitely not as special as other places in the area.
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