The Food of Merit’s Chicagoland

I often get asked which restaurants and foods in the Chicagoland Vampires novels are legit, and which are fictional. (Fictional = Not based on a real life  establishment.)

Here’s the running list:

SOME GIRLS BITEFireworks in Chicago

  • Molly’s Diner – Fictional
  • Giordano’s – Real
  • SuperDawg – Real
  • Hackney’s  – Real
  • Red (Navarre House Bar) – Fictional
  • Temple Bar (Cadogan House Bar) – Fictional

FRIDAY NIGHT BITES

  • Dairy Blitz – Fictional, but based on those small town “Dairy [Insert Noun]” restaurants found all over the country. Dairy Sweet in Lincoln, Nebraska is a favorite.

TWICE BITTEN

  • Little Red (NAC Pack) – Fictional
  • Saul’s – Fictional
  • Joe’s Chicken and Biscuits – Fictional

HARD BITTEN

  • Mallocakes – Sadly, fictional. Essentially a chocolate Twinkie.
  • Italian Beef Sandwiches – Very Real. Al’s Italian Beef is a popular favorite.
  • Goodwins – Fictional
  • Bensons (Grey House Bar) – Fictional
  • Street Fest – Fictional, but loosely based on Taste of Chicago
  • Town – Fictional

DRINK DEEP

  • Thai Mansion – Fictional, but the story involving fiery Thai food is very real.

BITING COLD

HOUSE RULES

  • Dirigible Donuts – Fictional, unfortunately. I wish it was real.
  • Chris’s Broiler – Fictional. I got the name idea from St. Clair Broiler in St. Paul, Minnesota, which I passed on the way to a booksigning.

BITING BAD

 

– Chicago photograph by Chloe Neill.

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