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Greg Spence Feb 26, 2001 01:52 PM

I'll be in Chicago in six weeks and wanted to go to Trotter's, but they're booked. Any "grand dining" alternatives that anyone can recommend? I know about Topo and Frontera, but is there anything else someone can recommend?

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    Edgar Rose Mar 15, 2001 03:09 PM

    1. Everest - Jean Joho and his dining room are superb for French food with a few modern improvements.
    2. Seasons (in Four Seasons Hotel) - Excellent food, nouvelle touches, original dishes. Must try the pyramid dessert; beautiful, original, fine taste. The chocolate coating is sprayed on with a solventless industrial paint sprayer for a stunning visual effect.
    3. Bob Chinn's Crabhouse for "Kona" crab. It is really Australian spanner crab, and larger and even better than large Dungeness crab from Alaska. All seafood is simply prepared and super fresh. Very casual, go no later than 5:30 pm during the week to avoid waiting in line. Location: NW of Chicago, in Wheeling.
    4. Carlo's in Highland Park, north of Chicago.

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      Sweet Willie Oct 12, 2001 11:24 PM

      in regards to #4, you did mean "Carlos" did you not?

      It is the border of Highwood and Highland Park (northside)

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      Cliff Abrams Feb 27, 2001 09:17 AM

      Try the Everest Room. Very fancy and pricey. I like Mon Ami Gabi. It's more like a bistro, a bit louder, but the food is great and not so costly. Chicago's best kept French secret is Kiki's Bistro. Chefs eat there on their nights off.

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        bryan Feb 27, 2001 12:39 AM

        Hey Greg. Welcome. Give me an idea of what you want. Must it be along the lines of Trotters? I too, dislike Trotters. Much ado about nothing. Anyhow, give us an idea and you'll be flooded with suggestions.

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          Greg Spence Feb 27, 2001 09:01 AM

          I'm looking for a chef that will amaze me, if possible. Other than that, I don't really care. I'll go anywhere or pay anything (almost) for a great food experience, whether it's a dive or a palace.

          1. re: Greg Spence
            Terri B Feb 27, 2001 10:29 AM

            Try MOD on Damen Ave in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area. I've been to this restaurant twice and both times had the most amazing food. The chef, Kelly Courtney(?), is from the Alice Waters school and uses local fresh organic ingredients prepared beautifully and simply. Try the roasted beet salad with capriole goat cheese or the butter lettuce salad with arkansas black apples and roquefort. There is a popular entree called the Texas Truck Stop (I think)which is a 28 oz steak served with blue cheese fondue. I've never tried it (I can't eat that much) but it looks great. We had some impeccable asparagus drizzled with olive oil and dusted with pecorino cheese and a sublime wedge of roasted butternut squash. We also tried the seared beef carparccio with irish blue cheese. Can't really comment too much on the entrees because both times we grazed on the apps. but our fellow diners looked very happy. Do try this place and if you do, please let me know if you liked it. Full disclosure: I have no connection to this restaurant. Just a satisfied customer.

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              bryan Feb 28, 2001 01:21 AM

              I especially like Mon Ami Gabi, Frontera, Yoshi's, the dining room at the Ritz. We went to Everest about a year ago and eh. Just ok. The service was not great. You can read about out nightmare with Tru with a search. We almost always end up going to our few favorites. We love Bayless. Tuffanos, aka Vernon Park Tap, Sanko or Nanniwa for sushi. Chicago Chop House for steak. Mon Ami Gabi and Ambria for special occasions. If you search the board you'll find several of these places and more specifics.

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          jason Feb 26, 2001 09:20 PM

          I actively dislike Trotter's cooking, but I've posted on that subject before. Tru is the reigning Chicago restaurant today, also very expensive and a very difficult reservation. Everest is somewhat easier and the chef, Jean Joho has excellent experience and ability. Unfortunately, his kitchen staff is spotty which leads to some inconsistent dining experiences, but overall I would say its worth a try.

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