American Girl Place Cafe

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The American Girl Place Cafe is located at 835 N Michigan Ave. It is attached to the American Girl store.

When I was younger I loved American Girl dolls, which is interesting because I found dolls either creepy or I viewed them as collectors items to be kept in boxes until they were worth something. I had one doll, the historical Samantha doll, and even went to a summer program at my school about american girl dolls (which was an interesting change from my usual rocket club summer classes). The group took a weekend trip to Chicago to go to the American Girl cafe but I didn’t go.

A friend won some tickets to different restaurants in the city and amongst them was a meal at the American Girl cafe. Out of the friends who I went with I was the only one who was comfortable in the pink atmosphere. We were the only people without kids at our table.

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The restaurant is set up so even if you didn’t bring a doll you could pick from shelves filled with them. You also pick out a little chair that is attached to the table.  The two dolls we picked out could join us for our meal.

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All of our napkins were held together with hair bands. Next to it is a box with conversation starters and topics for the table.

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As starters we were brought  iced rolls that looked like cinnamon rolls and didn’t taste much like cinnamon rolls.

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Our appetizers were an artichoke dip, mini baked cheddar potatoes, cheese, cucumbers, stuffed tomatoes,  and  fried ravioli. My friends and I enjoyed the dips that we had to try. We also received some bread outside of the cinnamon rolls that we ate a lot of.

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I got a tea for my drink.

DSC07855My dinner was a chicken potpie.

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For dessert we each got a flower pot that was mousse with a cloth flower in it, a flower cookie, and a heart shaped cake. Since most of the children there, the girls were celebrating birthdays and they put candles in the heart shaped cake for them.

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All the waiters and waitresses wore pink aprons and it was attached the American Girl Place that is two stories worth of shopping within/attached to Water Tower Place. I believe you have to make a reservation for the restaurant. Most of the food we got was bland. Almost everything was a large mixture of starch and sugar without much flavor.  The atmosphere was fun, especially for the little girls who were celebrating their birthdays, but I think I was the only one of my friends sort of having fun.

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