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Dec 5, 2006 04:54 PM

Where to go this friday for great food, a bottle of good wine, for less than $150/person?

I am headed to Chicago this Friday and was thinking Blackbird, but if anyone has something else that will knock my socks off at this price point then I'm all ears. Thanks a lot.

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  1. I like Blackbird and if you can get in there on short notice, that would be a fine choice.

    Other choices near that price point would be Naha or Cafe Spiaggia. Your probably could also do it at One Sixty Blue.

    One note: The problem with your price is the cost of the wine. If you substitute wines by the glass (and all the places mentioned have good wine by the glass programs) for a bottle, you probably will enjoy the combinations more and also come closer to your cost requirements.

    1. Blackbird is good. One Sixty Blue is another excellent choice (which I like even more than Blackbird, although both are very good). Even with a bottle of wine, either one should come in significantly less than $150 per person (although the big variable is what you consider "good" in terms of wine). $150 per person is very high by Chicago standards, even with wine; only a handful of places are that high.

      1. Have you considered the Tasting Menu at RED LIGHT?

        We were there and were really impressed.

        1. Thanks for the responses. A "good" bottle of wine for this occasion would probably be around $50, as I usually find something to my liking for about that. All of these suggestions look great. Red Light is not really what I'm looking for, as there is amazing thai down the street from me, but still looks appealing. A friend and restauranteur recommended Restaurant MK but had not been there. Anyone been there recently?

          1. My vote would be for Spring. Chef McClain is this year's James Beard winner as Best Chef/Midwest. I've enjoyed countless meals there and the price will be well under $150/person. You'd be able to upgrade you wine selections significantly because 3 or 4 courses will only run $45-$70/person.

            Blackbird also has brilliant food, just know that the ambience is very minimalist, noisy and cramped. But, some people love the energy and close quarters.

            You could even dine at 4-star Tru for $150/person. The 3-course prix-fixe (many choices) is around $90 and they do have some decent wine selections that won't break the bank. However, they are probably booked up unless you are very flexible with your mealtime.

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            1. re: Pugman

              After seeing the wine list at Blackbird, I was pretty much sold. They have two of my favorite wines at reasonable prices, and the menu looks inventive and not over-the-top expensive. Plus, I got in at 7:30 this friday, not 9:30 or 5:00 like others were quoting. I'll let everyone know how it goes. That said, I'm meeting friends for New Years, and I'm going to call Tru, Spring, and Avenues, crossing my fingers there's availability. Thanks to all who posted. Cheers