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An unforgettable meal for 15 people

Chargenda Oct 2, 2006 02:59 PM

I am looking for a place where 15 people can go and have an amazing dinner. Price isn't an issue for this, but my friend who is paying wants someplace where we can have a great dinner, all wear jeans, be sort of rowdy and have a lot of drinks. It is a big celebration and we want something really memorable. A private dining room would be great, but not required. Suggestions?

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    Akatonbo Oct 2, 2006 03:59 PM

    How about Bob Chinn's Crabhouse, in nearby Wheeling? There you can get as rowdy as you wish on their great MaiTai's (I also like their passion-fruit and vodka drink - forget what it's called), wear jeans (the atmosphere is big-barn casual), and have a unique dining experience. I'd recommend sticking to crab - of which they often have anywhere from five to eight different varieties available (their cooked dishes are mostly forgettable, and stay away from anything listed as "Bob's Style") - sometimes they have a crustacean called a yabbie, from Australia, or Giant White crab, or Kona crab - in short, nowhere else do you get the quality and selection of crab that they provide. The peel and eat shrimp are also good.

    1. PamelaD Oct 2, 2006 04:14 PM

      Fogo de Chao! Fun atmosphere and unique cuisine (brazilian). And you can't go wrong with all you can eat meat!

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        Chargenda Oct 2, 2006 04:20 PM

        We have a few vegetarians in the bunch, though. Keep the suggestions coming!

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          Akatonbo Oct 2, 2006 07:58 PM

          Fogo de Chao has a fantastic salad buffet - check it our on their website, where they have a photo of the salad bar spread.

          http://www.fogodechao.com/dining.htm

          This is a place that would please everyone in the crowd. Vegetarians can opt for just the salad bar (at lower cost, too). Though a white-tablecloth place, I don't think jeans would be out of place, and they make a mean caprihana, too

      2. abf005 Oct 2, 2006 04:17 PM

        I second the Chins sugestion.

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          Chargenda Oct 2, 2006 04:19 PM

          I would like to stay in the city. We are all city dwellers and many of us don't have cars.

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            jbw Oct 2, 2006 05:33 PM

            Check out Le Colonial. Their food is interesting, dependable, they have facilities for private parties, and considering where they are (900 N. Rush), they can probably handle the "rowdy" with aplomb, too. Website: http://www.lecolonialchicago.com/

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              Chargenda Oct 3, 2006 08:42 PM

              great suggestions. Looked wonderful, but they don't hae room that night.

        2. YoYoPedro Oct 2, 2006 07:08 PM

          How about Carnivale? Or Greektown?

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            Chargenda Oct 2, 2006 07:26 PM

            Carnivale is a great idea! That's right in line with what I was thinking. Adding that to my list of places to check into.

          2. Chargenda Oct 3, 2006 03:23 PM

            OK, I have done a bit of research and have a few places in mind...wanted to get feedback or additional thoughts: Blackbird, Frontera's dining room, Carnivale, Opera, Bistro Margot....thoughts? additions?

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              Akatonbo Oct 3, 2006 04:06 PM

              You originally said you wanted to wear jeans and get rowdy - I guess you could do that at Blackbird, if you reserve their 2nd floor private room - don't know what that entails (in terms of money or menu). Frontera also has private dining, but could possibly accomodate you in the regular dining area. They're more casual, too.

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              Markauf Oct 3, 2006 03:40 PM

              Here's an interesting idea for a fun group, Tizi Melloul.
              ( http://www.tizimelloul.com/home.htm

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              Check out the private party room. I celebrated there with a large group and had a blast. Food is OK but the atmosphere and drinks are exceptional!

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                urigio Oct 3, 2006 07:09 PM

                It's not a private dining room, but the upstairs lounge of Mirai Sushi is a great place to have a party with great food and great drinks. It's pretty casual and fun, and no one will bling an eye if you get rowdy.

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                  manogirl Oct 5, 2006 04:25 PM

                  Bistrot Margot is wonderful. Be sure to save room for desserts, too, because they're so yummy. I'm not sure I'd wear jeans to Margot, though.

                  I had a really, really bad experience at Opera, and can't in good conscience recommend it. The service was bad, the food wasn't cooked right (one steak underdone, one overdone), and we were basically ignored, and waited at least 20 minutes for every dish.

                  I love Frontera, but I can't imagine how a group of 15 would work in the restaurant. Still, you can't go wrong with Frontera.

                  Carnivale is loud, but would be very fun with a group, and jeans would be appropriate. The food is interesting, and well prepared, and if you haven't been, it's worth a visit.

                  I have to also second the recommendation for Greektown and Fogo de Chao. I know you have vegetarians, but the sides and salad bar can easily and very nicely feed vegetarians. It's only if they object to being around copious amounts of meat that you'd have a problem.

                  And in Greektown, I always eat at Greek Islands. Love love love it. Probably great for veggie eaters, too.

                  1. Chargenda Oct 11, 2006 03:08 PM

                    Thanks for all the great. Help. Getting a reservation was actually rather tough to find the perfect fit. But, after some work we are going to Green Zebra and using their private dining room. Sounds like a wonderful fit for us and we are excited. Lots of places were booked, or had weird time limits or were either too casual to be memorable or too stuffy to fit our group. Thanks!

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