A Burger and Waffle Weekend - Erin's Inside Job

A Burger and Waffle Weekend

I can’t believe it’s already February. I also can’t believe that the temperatures reached 50 degrees in Chicago this weekend. Either we are going to have a mild winter or all hell will break loose soon.

I don’t have anything as exciting as a fitness photo shoot to share with you from this weekend, but I do have some amazing eats.


Saturday we had a leisurely morning. I ate my regular scrambled eggs for breakfast and we planned our food adventure. Apparently we decided to carry on the burger theme from last weekend, so we finally settled on the Lockdown Bar & Grill in Ukrainian Village after Neil dove into Yelp and I checked out pictures of places on Instagram. This is a very complicated science.

Since the weather was so nice this weekend, we decided to walk there to preempt the outrageous amount of calories that we were about to ingest. Three and a half miles later we grabbed a table. I love to study menus ahead of time like an 80 year old woman who can’t read in dim lighting, but this time I was still unsure about which burger I wanted since there were a couple that looked amazing.

I settled on The Big House which is simply bacon, cheddar, and BBQ sauce, but I skipped the sauce. That’s because I had the GENIUS idea to order mac and cheese on the side and then dump it all over. #gohard

Lockdown Bar

It was delicious. Their burger patties are really good. They also have a build your own mac and cheese option, but I only had the stomach for a side of their regular recipe. I’ll be back to conquer the mac and cheese I’m sure.

After burgers, I wanted to check out a couple new dessert places, but I was less than enthused about their selections. I think that’s probably a good thing.

Neil and I took absurd self timer pictures and had a dance party at some point.


We also stopped by Whole Foods on the way home and picked up some salmon and bacon (I’m sensing a weekend pattern here). Neil wanted to cook the bacon in the cast iron skillet and then cook the salmon in the bacon grease. Let’s just say Saturday’s eats were not for the faint of heart. Hey, I need protein for all those weights I lift.


Finished salmon.

We also made one of the FOUR boxes of mac and cheese we picked up last weekend. Note: the Thick and Creamy version beat out the regular Kraft from last week.


Since it was National Croissant Day on Saturday, we decided to pick one up from Whole Foods as well. Somehow a chocolate chunk cookie, a mini carrot cake cupcake, and a key lime tart also ended up in the cart. Hmm.

whole foods desserts

Saturday night we watched Crimson Peak and Criminal Activities. I hadn’t even heard of Criminal Activities, but it had a couple well known actors, including Dan Stevens who plays Matthew in Downtown Abbey. I love him. The movie wasn’t too shabby either 😉


Sunday I checked the weather before going out and saw this which didn’t make any sense.


Neil and I went out for a walk around the city and to pick up lunch. I found a new friend. I love these faces in things.


Although we set out to get lunch at Protein Bar, I forced him to eat at Waffles Cafe after I saw they had Red Velvet waffles with whipped cream cheese. I had seen this place many times but we had never gone.

After ordering, we saw that the Yelp reviews were pretty bad, but I don’t know what they were rating because both of our dishes were amazing. Then I think Neil ranted about the reviews for awhile but I was busy inhaling these.

Waffles Cafe

We headed home and watched a couple more movies, then I made our normal weeknight dinner of baked chicken, rice, and veggies. I think it was about time to start getting back on track. Make sure to check out tomorrow’s post which will go into a little more detail about how my eating has changed since prepping for the photo shoot.

Overall, it was a great weekend and I’m looking forward to this coming week. I have a bunch of classes to teach and am taking on a new location plus a new training client. I hope you have a great week!

Also a big congrats to Linda R for winning the Oak Leaf reading lamp!  Even if you didn’t win, there is a 30% discount code to use when ordering from Amazon! Don’t forget that there is still a chance to win the Feel Good bundle from DAVIDs TEA. Giveaway ends this Wednesday at midnight CST!


  • What’s the best thing you ate this weekend?
  • Did you have a busy or a relaxing weekend?

24 comments on “A Burger and Waffle Weekend

    1. OH MAN if I could make a Mac and cheese cake but with cream cheese frosting instead of regular cheese that would be IT.

  1. Oh my stars those waffles! I hate Yelp sometimes because one experience at a restaurant cannot define the place. The staff might have had a problem, something might be broken, the manager could be absent. As someone who works in the food industry, I thank consumers like you and Neil for giving places with negative reviews a chance!
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    1. I know-you always have to read them closely. I want one that’s only for the food. A lot of these were for the service but i don’t really mind if the food is amazing!

  2. That burger though!
    I seriously live (eat?) vicariously through your Monday posts. For a city of its size (small) Mobile has a decent selection of restaurants, but dang, I would be in heaven in downtown Chicago.
    Oh…and not gonna lie, the hubs and I often eat Kraft mac & cheese. It’s a comfort thing 🙂
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  3. That burger looks SO good! I also have a hard time trusting Yelp reviews. I lived in Italy for two years and the number one restaurant on TripAdvisor is one of the worst in the city, while some of the best restaurants are ranked 200-something. It’s crazy! I’ve been meaning to write a post about this actually. 🙂

    1. That’s so frustrating! That’s why I like to ask people I know what they think or people who have similar tastes as me.

    1. I seem to go through phases of food. I’m sure I’ll move on from Mac and cheese at some point. Although first it was on pizza and now it’s on burgers haha.

  4. I have some friends who go to Lockdown almost every Tuesday, because their burgers are half off on Tuesdays. I’ve never been able to join, but if they were worth walking 3.5 miles for, they must be pretty good 🙂

    I went to Waffles a couple years ago and will say I was pretty disappointed in my food. I don’t remember what I got (it was Memorial Day weekend 2013, and my ordering memory doesn’t go back quite that far haha), but I know I didn’t like my waffles nearly as much as I had hoped I would. Hit or miss, I suppose! I think they have a couple different styles of waffles, and I don’t think I ordered the one I should have.
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    1. It was definitely amazing but I would get one of their simpler burgers. The infused one I tried wasn’t quite as good. Maybe the waffle place has improved over time. I’ll have to go back and try them again haha

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