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Alinea, Trotter's, Topolobampo and ???

What two restaurants would you add to this list to get a wider variety of the best Chicago has to offer? (I understand that there may be some disagreement about the first three, but the reservations are made.)

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  1. Hi

    if you are looking high end, I'd say Avenues and Tru (and to throw a wrench in, Spiaggia instead of Trotters :)

    Lee

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      1. re: leek

        I wish I had your restaurant budget. Are you looking to adopt any adult children?

        Anyhow, I would almost agree with leek except I would say Spiaggia and Avenues and Tru instead of Trotter's (same end result, different logic).

      2. I'll disagree w/ the others and tell you to keep the Trotter's reservation. I think Tru or Spiaggia would round things out nicely; you'd have 4 very different dining experiences.

        1. Have not been to Avenues, but got a very bad review from friends with fine taste in fine food. I think Tru is a must add. Also agree about Spiaggia.

          And perhaps a nice Italian Beef sandwich for lunch one day from Mr. Beef on Orleans or Al's #1 close by on Ontario. :-)

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          1. re: kstroble

            I don't know why your friends were unhappy with Avenues, but I'd just like to say in the restaurant's defense that our single meal there was absolutely excellent - and many other people posting to this board have had similarly wonderful experiences there. I haven't heard any actual first-hand report that would make me uncomfortable recommending it wholeheartedly. Chef Graham Elliot Bowles is recognized for the excellence of his cuisine, and IMHO Avenues definitely deserves to be on any list of fine dining in Chicago.

          2. I'd add Moto, with the advice to ignore the largest tasting menu (GTM - which contains repetition) and go for either the 5 or 10 course. Brilliant at times, but can get repetitive, so in this case, less is more.

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            1. re: estufarian

              I certainly hope the 5 or 10 course menus are better than the GTM at Moto! We disliked our $700+ dinner for two (GTM plus wines) so much that I don't have any desire to return. I was looking forward to eating there for a long time and it was a huge disappointment on many different levels. But if we had spent 1/3 or 1/2 as much on a shorter meal, maybe it would have been worth it. Instead, there were a few dazzler courses, a number of so-so courses, and a few spectacular misses. Just my 2 cents (or in this case, 72,000 cents).

              1. re: Pugman

                Absolutely agree - which is why I made a point of this. The shorter menus are indeed dazzling - the GTM is repetitive and gimmicky.

            2. Schwa needds to be there... the food was great at avenues, too bad it is in a hotel, you just cant shake that new construction safety code feel of it. the rabbit loin wrapped in prosciutto was one of the best things i have ever eaten...