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Oct 1, 2006 03:54 AM

Fine Dinning in Chicago

I'm going to chicago in november to eat at charlie trotters and alinea looking for a third restaurant

any help appreciated



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  1. Anywhere in the Little Italy area is terrific. I especially enjoy Pompeii Bakery and Rosebud Cafe. They are located on Taylor Street between Ashland and Loomis, along with MANY, MANY other fine Italian restraunts. Also, Al's has the world's best hot dogs, sausage or beef sandwiches. Falbo's is the most delicious deli in the universe...All located on Taylor Street. Enjoy!.

    1. I would recommend Tru as a third option, offering a contemporary take on French cuisine.

      I'm not sure I would classify Pompeii or Al's as "fine dining" establishments, good as they may be.

      1. From your post, I am not sure if you are looking for another high-end restaurant or not. If so, I think I would choose Spiaggia. But then again, I am a longtime fan of Chef Tony Mantuano. I think his midwestern twist on haute-Italian cuisine is unique among his coastal colleagues. Plus, it is a beautiful room with wonderful views. Actually, that would give you a well rounded itinerary featuring 3 top-tier establishments with decidedly Chicago-centric approaches to their respective genres.

        1. I recommend Avenues, in the Peninsula Hotel. Chef Graham Elliot Bowles is an award-winning young chef who takes perhaps a more traditional approach than does Chef Achatz at Alinea, but his food is very creative, and would be good counterpoint to your other two choices. Needless to say, the service is also faultless.

          In my opinion, the pinnacle of fine dining in Chicago is Alinea, with Tru and Avenues right below. I'm not sure where Charlie Trotter's fits into this pantheon, since it's been so long since I've been there, but you're going there anyway, so you'll find out. I think your third choice should be either Tru or Avenues, and I'm biased toward Avenues (I just think Avenues is more creative, but I I haven't been to Tru, so I could be wrong). Here are their links:

          However, if you want something less super-duper, but still excellent, Blackbird would be a wonderful choice. I always tell people to ask for one of the tables against the west wall (the deuce by the stairs is my choice), where you're insulated somewhat from the noise. Here's their link:

          Other ideas: Everest, for more traditional French/Alsacian (sp?) cuisine:

          -or Les Nomads:
          Both are wonderful.

          1. Do you need (or recommend) a coat and tie at these restaurants?