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Oct 16, 2006 02:11 PM

Wrigleyville dinner

We are hosting out of town guests on October 28 and will be in the Wrigleyville area. Looking for suggestions for a really nice place but not too pricey. Raw Bar has been suggested but we have never been. How is it? Any other ideas? Thanks

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  1. I've always loved Raw Bar and have had great service every time. Another suggestion might be Socca further south on Clark.

    1. We are very partial to Tuscany Restaurant (3700 N. Clark, 773/404-7700) especially if good, reasonable Italian (in a rather romantic setting) strikes your fancy. They start you out with the divine roasted garlic spread and quality bread. This stuff is addictive!

      The pastas are exceptional - especially the raviolis. We've always very much enjoyed our experiences there.

      1. We like Chens at like ummm 3502 or 07 N Clark really awesome chicken sizzling rice soup. nice atmosphere awesome Lyche martini! UGH I want to go just mentioning it! hahaha

        1. Raw Bar is excellent. Be sure to try a few Persian items. The lobster tail appetizer is very good, great babaganouj, tabboulei, hummus, steak, seafood, etc. etc. Ask for the owner, he'll steer you in the right direction. This will not be your last visit. I love this place! Fun cool atmosphere as well!

          1. I second the recommendation on Chen's, great Chinese.

            Also, near Wrigleyville is the Leona's Italian on Sheffield Belmont, always good fun with a group.

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            1. re: abf005

              As far as the Leona's recommendation goes, I would compare it to the Olive Garden. Tuscany, Francesca's, or Socca (I hear that it's very it Italian?) would far surpass anything that Leona's can offer. Agreed though, that it's a fun place and it's cheap. What's the name of the restaurant nextdoor to Leona's? It's pretty good for an Italian chain restaurant.

              1. re: amoncada

                Leona's compared to Olive garden? Ouch, that's hardly accurate! While they are both casual Italian dining establishments the similarities do end abruptly right there.

                Leona's is still a Chicago family owned restaurant and yes, it is a chain of about 15 area restaurants but it is clearly not as soulless as the Olive Garden. Plus factor in, that Leona's has a far more expansive menu to boot! Olive Garden hardly has any meat on its menu, and it seems like most people only there go for the salad, breadstix & soup.

                Just as Rosebud and Tuscany have spawned several Chicagoland locations, Leona's has been no different, especially since everyone was originally born on Taylor st.

                So while I would never go so far as to call it "the best Italian place", I selected it based on the Sheffield locations ambiance and the fact that food is good, and so I still stand by the recommendation.

              2. re: abf005

                Chen's is a good suggestion and personally, I like Leona's.

                I think heading over to Goose Island before and/or after dinner for a beer, if they go for that sort of thing, is a good idea. They have a sampler where you can try a few different four ounce servings of their beers.

                1. re: chris

                  We've actually had some decent food at Goose Island (though you go for the beer experience.) We've had a good salad, respectable, burger, (pulled pork sandwich was good, Frnech Dip was NOT.) A crab cake appetizer was pretty okay. - Though actually, I'm not sure if they have tables that can accommodate more than six.