As summer approaches, lounge and eatery Chicago’s is preparing to be the cool spot to beat, as it settles into its new venue on Independence Avenue in Windhoek.
The new location has housed clubs and bars before, but currently there is something different about it. New life has been breathed into the space with fresh faux grass that brightens it up, cute café seating, plants and a redesign of the dance floor and bar area.
The menu remains mostly unchanged, but there have been some minor additions.
Although they’ve been in their new home for a few weeks now, I went there for lunch last week for the first time to see if I would still find the same great hospitality, music and vibes that they’ve become known for.
I was not let down.
If you’ve been to Chicago’s before, you’re probably already familiar with their menu and the wide variety of foods they offer, such as traditional, seafood, pizzas and delicious combos. The drinks menu has also been known to start a party or two.
I gave the menu a thorough reading. First I wanted to have the Zambezi bream with pap and spinach for N$185, but it was unfortunately out of stock.
After quickly perusing the menu for a second time, I opted for the N$180 ribs and wings combo that came with chips. My friend went with a prawn and calamari dish. Other than chips, you can also opt for rice, mashed potatoes, creamy spinach, butternut, wedges or roasted vegetables.
The food, as always, was delectable. It was moist, full of flavour and out of the kitchen quickly. On top of that, the hospitality and efficiency of the staff just added to the pleasantness of the whole experience.
Other food items you should definitely give a try while you’re there are their breakfasts, which come with varying combinations of eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, and more, or you can have oats or a beef patty with toppings. There’s also a variety of amazing burgers ranging in price from N$75 to N$130, spaghetti bolognese, various steaks, chicken wings and desserts like ice cream and carrot cake.
I think Chicago’s fits in this area, situated between Dr Kenneth David Kaunda and Luther streets, so much more than their previous location. This is a place where you can really lounge all day long or party up a storm once the sun has set.
It’s a large venue with many separate areas as well as nooks and crannies to hang out in that can make each visit unique and special.
Don’t believe me? Visit them yourself and have a look. You might just end up staying longer than anticipated.
– Anne Hambuda is a poet, writer and social commentator from Windhoek, Namibia. Follow her online for more.