I’m always on the lookout for a healthy (and cheap!) restaurant. This week, I hit the jackpot with Pockets. Pockets website says “we specialize in providing customers with a large assortment of fresh, healthy ingredients… we hope to work our best to please the community and create a healthy option for all.” I immediately knew it was my kind of place! The menu is comprised of pockets, calzones, salads, kids meals, pizza, and potatoes. What’s a pocket, you ask? A pocket is a freshly baked, multi-grain bread hot out of the oven, split open, and stuffed with your choice of finely chopped greens, vegetables, cheeses, and meats; served with your favorite dressing on the side. Since it’s the name of the restaurant, I knew I had to try one! I chose the Asian Pocket with Chicken: lettuce, spinach, broccoli, carrots, red cabbage, red onions, edamame, and crunchy noodles; served with sesame ginger dressing. This was fantastic! The pocket itself was delicious- the bread was thick and fluffy, just how I like it! The vegetables were so fresh and crunchy and the sesame ginger dressing was just the right sweet compliment to the savory filling. My friend ordered the Southwest Salad with Chicken: spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, corn, black beans, onions, and cheddar cheese; served with chipotle ranch dressing. This was super tasty as well! I loved the addition of the spinach to the lettuce, it gave the salad great texture. The ranch was so yummy, I knew it had to be made in house; and it is! I can’t wait to come back and try more menu items here.
Pockets has four locations in the city: Hyde Park, Madison & Morgan, Lincoln Park, and Rogers Park. They also have a location in Aurora. I went to the Lincoln Park location, located at 3001 N Lincoln. They are open 7 days a week from 11 am to 10 pm. For other location information, catering, online ordering, and more; visit their website.
RACHEL HOOVLER & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO