Uno Chicago Grill

Last night Ben and I went on a date that began with dinner at Uno Chicago Grill. I had never been there before but remember reading something about it in Women’s Health a while back.

While we were waiting for a table a hostess brought us warm apple cider to enjoy. Love small touches like this! And it was cold so I really appreciated it!IMG 2244 225x300 Uno Chicago Grill

The first thing I spotted on the menu was one of their seasonal items – Kabocha Pumpkin Soup. I completely freaked out with excitement. After seeing Kabocha on numerous blogs, but being too lazy to buy and cook one myself I was super jazzed to be able to try this soup. IMG 2245 300x225 Uno Chicago Grill

I was a little sad it wasn’t served in a kabocha bowl, but that’s okay. It was good, a little heavy on the cranberries (there was a huge lump of them on the bottom too), but good. I loved the notes of cinnamon and spices and it was hearty without being heavy. Love.IMG 2247 300x225 Uno Chicago Grill

Ben ordered an appetizer of cheese, cream and butter dip. Oh, I mean “SHRIMP & CRAB FUN-DOO A creamy blend of shrimp, crab and Parmesan topped with tomatoes. Served with toasted garlic baguette slices. Sized to share.” I had a few bites because it was there and the first thing they brought us, but I should have stayed away since it was basically a bowl of butter and I had a lot of food coming.IMG 2246 300x225 Uno Chicago Grill

My entree was “HARVEST VEGETABLE ON A FIVE-GRAIN CRUST Our housemade salsa, cherry tomatoes roasted with garlic, basil and olive oil, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, broccoli and caramelized onions finished with Cheddar and mozzarella.”

It was really good and topped with tons of veggies. I have decided “sun dried tomatoes are nature’s pepperoni” icon smile Uno Chicago Grill I made that up while eating it, you can quote me on that one. IMG 2250 300x225 Uno Chicago Grill

After dinner we watched The Men Who Stare at Goats. Don’t go see it. It was just okay and not worth the $11.00 per ticket. I don’t care if you love George Clooney, just trust me.

On the way to the car we passed by the Cheesecake Factory and someone with red-hair suggested getting a piece of cheesecake for dessert. I figured we would just share one piece, but we ended up getting 2 pieces because we don’t want to feel left out as most Americans slide further into obesity.

I wanted the Pumpkin Cheesecake because I love pumpkin and am really a sucker for anything labeled “seasonal” or “limited time”. But they were out! So I got the Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake. I ate it, but turns out I don’t really like pecan pie. Actually it turns out I don’t really enjoy cheesecake at all. But I love “fancy cheesecake” that has a lot of thick chocolate crust or hard chocolate layer, but doesn’t actually taste like cheesecake (see below).IMG 2251 300x225 Uno Chicago Grill

Ben got the  Kahlua Cocoa Cheesecake and I liked that one better because it has chocolate and I am sucker for anything involving “chocolate”. IMG 2252 300x225 Uno Chicago Grill

And that my friends, is why I had an awesome run this morning. Next time you’re gearing up for a 18 miler pig out at Unos and then grab a few pieces of pie. Hey, you don’t have to take my word for it, but it’s pretty much a fact.


  1. says

    I’m with you on anything seasonal…and anything pumpkin. I’m hooked if it’s limited time!! I’ve also aways wanted to try both of those cheesecakes. Surprisingly, I’ve never actually gotten cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory – I’m not off for a very good start for someone who wants to try every cheesecake on the menu!!

  2. says

    wow uno’s has really updated their menu since i’ve been there!!!!! also– i AGREE, i saw men who stare at goats and while the trailer was hilarious the movie was not. how is that possible. and i love g.clooney and e.macgregor… BOO.

  3. says

    mmmm great eats. gotta get those energy levels up for the long runs :) and you bet i will quote you with “sun dried tomatoes are natures pepperonis” haha

  4. says

    That sounds like an amazing night :) Full of super delicious food!
    The chocolate tuxedo cheesecake from cheesecake factory is amazing! It lasted me like 3 or 4 days! (Took a lot of control not to eat it all at once though!)

    About sun dried tomatoes, I HATE tomatoes but I had some sun dried tomatoes in a pasta dish I got (from cheesecake factory actually) and they tasted really good! Didn’t taste like tomatoes at all! lol

  5. Liza says

    Oh yeah totally agree with chowing down after a long run, I had a 20 miler this morning, and I going to my favorite resturant tonight then dairy queen for a reeses and cookie dough blizzard!!!!!

  6. says

    That cheesecake looks great but I’m with you about pecan pie. Not all it’s cracked up to be at all…

    That squash soup sounds good, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a restaurant serve kabocha before.

  7. says

    oooh i see you were at the columbia mall :) :) love it! when do you want to meet girl??? we’re SO close!!! i am a BIG pecan pie lover, so im thinking the cheesecake you got has my name all over it !

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