Chicago is a bomb food city. There are no two ways about it. We are known for cheat meals like deep dish pizza and piled high hot dogs. Frango Mint chocolates and the Portillo’s chocolate cake come from our home. So let’s eat! This is the first in an ongoing series where we dig in to big bites and decedent treats that are on Windy City menus right now.
First up is the Public House (400 North State Street) cake shake. A slice of cake. A milkshake. Add beer. Count me in.
Known for its wide selection of beers, Public House is taking their bar menu to a whole new level with boozy, and sweet, additions to its everyday dessert: The Cake Shake. The Cake Shake is made of ice cream, mixed in with craft beer as a base then topped with sprinkles and a slice of cake on top. There is the Chocolate Cake Stout Milkshake complete with Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter, chocolate ice cream, and topped with a large slice of chocolate cake. If you’re more into vanilla, there is the Vanilla Stout shake made of JP’s Casper White Stout, vanilla ice cream and topped with a large slice of confetti buttercream cake.
There are many to drink (or eat) these over-the-top shakes, and none of them are wrong! Share with a friend, go straight for the cake or satisfy your craving quickly before anyone else gets their hands on it. I luckily have trustworthy friends who also are fully aware that my eyes are bigger than my stomach. So, I’m never a real threat in terms of stealing your food because I can barely finish my own. That being said, I (unsurprisingly) ordered both cake shakes to get a true taste. Let the drinking begin!
I personally am a carb-lover so I went fork first into the slice of cake. Though I do love chocolate cake, I started with the Vanilla Stout. I don’t usually choose heavy beers so I was interested to try the stouts in the shake. News flash: beer and dessert go great together!
I had to talk myself out of finishing the slice of cake so I could make room for the actual milkshake…but that internal conversation was a tough one. I also tried to go bite for bite between the cake, the shake and all the crunchy frosting topping on the outside of the glass.
For the Chocolate Cake Shake though, I just dove straight in. My self control had ended, and I wasn’t sad about it at all. When it comes to dessert, sometimes you have to go all in.
And you can now also get in the holiday spirit with their new Gingerbread Cake Shake. This one is made of ginger beer, mixed in with vanilla ice cream and topped off with a full slice of gingerbread cake. Plus, the outside of the glass is decorated with whipped cream and gingersnap crumbles and it’s served with two gingerbread cookies! Talk about an early present from Santa.
Or you can always go with the classic…