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mike_d Feb 22, 2007 10:16 AM

Hi to all. I've read some posts that mention Cru and few that mention Ditka's. As to the former, I haven't seen much except links to reviews, so any personal recs, anyone would like to share? And as for Da Coach's, how is it for a cocktail and/or lunch? Or brunch? We'll be staying up that way in awhile, unlike our usual River North or Loop excursions.

Thanks in advance

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  1. manomin RE: mike_d Feb 22, 2007 11:19 AM

    We had a fabulous lunch at Ditka's in November. The food was really good. We had a porkchop
    that had spaetzle and apples that was huge and just amazing. We also had a huge cheeseburger
    one of those onion ring towers, a shrimp cocktail and some great martini's. The "Bloody Mike"
    was a fun cocktail, (Absolut Peppar, special house mix, pickles, onions, shrimps, olives, peppers
    a cherry tomato and on the side a beer chaser) a great drink! This was $10.00. His wine list is
    very good also. Steaks were available as well. We had a friendly server and really enjoyed ourselves, I would definitely go back once I return to Chicago probably in May.

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      fromagefan72 RE: mike_d Feb 22, 2007 01:23 PM

      i went to cru when it first reopened back in december, and i was pretty impressed. whip-smart service, comfortable atmosphere, tasty small plates (they do a great composed nicoise salad) and a buzzing crowd. i wouldn't necessarily recommend it for a full meal, but for an after-work nibble and a glass of wine, it's a great, centrally located spot.

      as for ditka's, i've always had good experiences there--and coach hangs out there a ton. go mid-week when their sinatra guy is singing and ask for a table in the upstairs cigar bar--that seems to be his favorite spot. it's pretty smoky, but you might just get seated next to ditka himself.

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        profjmm RE: mike_d Feb 22, 2007 02:36 PM

        I completely agree with fromagefan72 re: Cru. Very comfortable atmosphere and delicious appetizers and sandwiches (terrific beef tenderloin with blue cheese).

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          mike_d RE: mike_d Feb 23, 2007 04:01 AM

          Thanks to all for the info. Cru sounds just great, as we often just want to nibble with a few glasses a wine (what's a vacation for after all?). And I'm glad to hear that Dikta's is credible. I We'll be staying right there, and if the weather's bad, it's nice to know it won't be disappointing.

          Other comments still welcome.

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