a little bit of Santa Monica in Chicago

This past weekend, we went to check out the Summer House Santa Monica restaurant in Lincoln Park for brunch. I walked past this place weeks ago and kept saying I wanted to go back because even just walking past the front patio, I felt like I was in an episode of The Hills; instantly transported to sunny California and I immediately wanted to go. California that is, but the Summer House Santa Monica restaurant in Lincoln Park was much more feasible. When we walked in, the very first sight was this:

Summer House pastries

Summer9I knew I’d like it here. While waiting, I was perusing the options for what our dessert was going to be. I couldn’t help myself. Kid.in.a.candy.store…

Summer House pastriesWe walked in and everyone was dressed like they lived in Santa Monica. Good thing we got the memo.

Summer House Santa MonicaI was hoping the food would match the ambiance. It did. Mmmmm.

Watermelon Smash mixed with Tequila

Watermelon Smash mixed with Tequila

Ahi Tuna Tostadas...amazing

Ahi Tuna Tostadas…amazing

Mexican Pork Hash and Smoked Salmon Hashbrown Benedict

Mexican Pork Hash and Smoked Salmon Hashbrown Benedict

Apple Oatmeal and Bacon Chocolate Chip cookies a la mode

Apple Oatmeal and Bacon Chocolate Chip cookies a la mode

Summer House Santa MonicaCheck this place out if you can!

Brunch was so delicious and filling that for dinner, I wanted something light. I was so inspired by the amazingly light and delicious ahi tuna tostadas that I wanted more! I recreated them with a mango salsa and shrimp instead and they were delightful and incredibly easy.

Hope your mouth is watering:)

Hope your mouth is watering:)

Happy end of Summer:(:(

-D

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