Lunch spots near Architectural Boat tour drop-off
Can anyone recommend some nice lunch spots (no cafeteria or self serve type places) for lunch around where you get dropped off after the Arhitectural River Cruise? We're hoping to eat our way through Chicago...so maybe some suggestions also around the Field Museum, Mag Mile & the Art Institute. I know this is a broad request...but I can honestly say we love all cuisines and are looking to have some quality dining experiences. Thanks
I'd recommend walking north on Michigan Avenue to Bandera (535 N. Michigan, an escalator ride up to the second floor). It's about a block north of the Chicago River. American regional menu. Can get crowded at lunch time.
There are a few others a short walk from the boat launch -- Morton's Steakhouse at 65 E. Wacker Place; McCormick & Schmick's at 1 E. Wacker Drive -- that I've heard good things about, but haven't been myself.
Avoid the Corner Bakery (360 N. Michigan, kittycorner from the boat launch) at all costs. I work in the building and go there out of convenience more than I care to admit, and I'm never sure which is worse: the food or the service.
Was just in Chicago last week and we did a late lunch at Heaven on Seven in the Garland Building on Wabash across from Marshall Field's post-tour. Really good cajun food, good service, made the family happy. Had a hard time narrowing down the choices but was very happy with Hoppin' John and greens, fried chicken and cream gravy, gumbo. We just don't get good Cajun in the SF bay area. Cash only I believe. It's a short walk from the tour.
"Late lunch" is the operative phrase here, as Heaven on Seven gets very crowded during weekday lunchtimes - or, go very early, when they first open, around 11:30. They are also not open on the weekends (they are in an office building, after all) - they used to have some sort of thing going on where they were open for dinner the first Saturday or maybe the first Friday fo the month - don't know what that was, or if they still do it, or if it involved being open for lunch Saturday, or just what. But if your tour is on a weekday, and you can work around their limited hours (I think they're closed by 2:30 or 3:00), they'd be a good, fun choice.
Zest on Michigan in the Intercontinental - it has excellent contemporary american food, a nice atmosphere, and surprisingly reasonable prices for a restaurant in a hotel (lunch entrees in the $10-15 range).