4 Nghts in Chicago
I'm in Chicago until midday Sunday. We have been to Giordano's-somewhat bland but filling and Primehouse for steaks- Bliss!!!
We're form Vancouver so no interest in Chinese Japanese or fusion as we can get that at home.
Wondering about Heaven on Seven and Rosebud....noticed them on our walks.
We love Italian and New American. We are willing to try new taste's and always look for the best regional or unique food
I spent the last weekend visiting Chicago and ate a crazy amount of food. You are going to enjoy yourself so much!
In a day, I ate at:
1. Russian Tea Time (close to the Art Institute). Nice old fashioned room, great vodka flights and way too much food in the form of yummy dumplings and blinchinkis.
2. Cafe Iberico for cheap and good tapas and ok sangria. The seafood tapas are all excellent, especially the scallops. I love all things potato, and was very happy with the patatas ali oli, bravas and tortilla espanola. Iberico doesn't take reservations however, which can be v. annoying.
3. Dessert at the Tru lounge. If you don't want to plonk $25 on a dessert tasting, you can opt for the ala carte menu which is surprisingly affordable (~$10 per dessert). I've eaten dinner there, so I was a little underwhelmed by the dessert this time, but the service was amazing. Despite only spending about $20 each with tax and tips, we were offered the same after meal gift as people who's just spent $200 on dinner (yummy banana bread) and the hostess got the chauffer to send us home in their town car when we asked her to help us get a cab =)
I wrote about my weekend on my blog (v. badly written, sorry) Hope this helps!
Heaven on Seven is OK. The original is in the loop. You probably see the Michigan Avenue location. A little past its prime.
Rosebud is better, although I prefer my old standby Coco Pazzo. The orignal Coco on Kinzie is a lot better than the Cafe on St. Clair. A little less formal is Topo Gigio on Wells St. In fact, Wells from Division to North is a fun street to walk down. Lots of food and shopping.
You might want to check out some of the high end Mexican - a far cry from your standard taco/burrito joint and I bet its not something you can find in the great white north. Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill/Topolobampo have inspired a whole range of options - Salpicon, Mas, Cuatro, etc, but if you only around for a few days and want an entertaining experience, I'd go to Carnivale on Fulton St and make sure to order the Guacamole.
Another interesting option is Greektown - maybe a 10 minute cab ride from Michigan. Check out past threads. Lots of people enjoy Greek Islands and San Torini.
For "New American" maybe Naha or Crofton on Wells. Neither is cheap, but excellent food.
For more check out www.metromix.com or any of them have web sites.
Here are a couple of ideas for you:
Wildfire - macadamia nut crusted halbut is delicious, french dip is great for lunch, chicken & steak is tasty as well. Decent desserts and if you like martinis - they have a "fun" martini flight. Can't go wrong with this woodfired seafood/steakhouse - Reasonable prices!
Shula's - for Steak - will cost around $100 for a couple
95th Floor Signature Room of the Hancock Building - 312-787-9596 lunch buffet during the week only, reasonably priced - unbelievable views of the city
AFTER 9:30pm in evening - TRU (676 N Clair) 312-202-0001 does a 4 or 5 course dessert sampling $25 per person. Very Elegant Restaurant (jacket req'd for men)- dessert by well known French chef Gale Gand. Something I cannot fully describe - you have to experience it.
Fogo De Chao - 661 N LaSalle 312-932-9330 Brazilian Steakhouse -another "experience" - Go for lunch during the week - $28 per person (dinner is $50 per person) same food served. Gauchos prepare and serve you tableside choice of a dozen + different meats. Skip the salad bar (or go very light with it) and go for the MEAT!
Hope this helps!
Enjoy the Windy City!