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Need a good date spot: mediterranean, lebanese, greek, etc

jas529 Apr 17, 2007 11:45 AM

I'm taking my boyfriend out for his 24th birthday this weekend, and I'm looking for a mediterranean place with a nice date atmosphere (trendy/sexy/not Tizi Melloul, please). Any ideas? Or, any other ideas for a good date spot??


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  1. nsxtasy RE: jas529 Apr 17, 2007 11:52 AM

    I recommend Scylla, in Wicker Park - www.scyllarestaurant.com

    Copperblue, in Lake Point Tower, is another Mediterranean possibility, although I haven't been there yet - www.copperbluechicago.com

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      jesteinf RE: nsxtasy Apr 17, 2007 12:22 PM

      Copperblue is good, but I wouldn't say it has a nice date atmosphere. In fact, I thought the room looked a bit tired which is odd since the restaurant is fairly new.

      I did enjoy the food quite a lot though. I would recommend it, but again, it's nothing terribly romantic.

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      SuzMiCo RE: jas529 Apr 17, 2007 12:19 PM

      What is your price range? I love Scylla, and it's a great date spot, but I didn't have the money for it when I was 24.

      Also, is there a particular neighborhood you are looking for?

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        jas529 RE: SuzMiCo Apr 17, 2007 12:25 PM

        My price range is anything up to $100 on dinner that night. I really want a place that isn't stuffy... something fun would be great! I agree... copperblue (by the look of the website) looked quite tired.

        My boyfriend loves Middle Eastern/Med food (I'm Middle Eastern myself, so I want something of good quality!) but we're both funky types. I'm just looking for a place that will leave us both with fun memories, preferably ME/Med but anything else would be great too.

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          SuzMiCo RE: jas529 Apr 17, 2007 01:16 PM

          It sounds like Scylla would be a good spot for you. It is in a small house, and has a romantic, but not stuffy atmosphere. Two people can definitely eat there for $100, especially if your alcohol consumption is moderate.

          Osteria via Stato is also Mediterranean (mostly Italian), it's loud and less romantic, but the food is good and the atmosphere is lively. If you do the tasting menu, they bring out appetizers and pastas, and you choose an entree, all for $35 per person last I checked.

          Andalous Morrocan - much cheaper, BYOB, but a fun, slightly funky atmosphere. The food is really good.

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        Chicago Mike RE: jas529 Apr 17, 2007 04:15 PM

        Consider Maza on Lincoln Ave.... I love the food there, and "real" middle easterners introduced me to it. Great with wines, etc.

        Andalous is fun, but probably better for a party as it's quite cramped.

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          amoncada RE: jas529 Apr 18, 2007 11:02 AM

          Two restaurants that I feel fit your needs and budget are;

          A La Turka
          3134 N. Lincoln Ave.

          Tasty Turkish Cuisine in a festive atmosphere. Not really trendy but can be sensual and sexy. It's the perfect date place. Get's pretty decent reviews since new ownership.

          Raw Bar
          3720 N. Clark St.

          Very unique atmosphere and menu and piano bar. This place is underrated. Delicious Persian and Egyptian style steak and seafood. Great food and atmosphere for a date with your budget in mind. You can find alligator and ostrich on the menu as well. Great appetizers as well. Stick to the middleastern menu, you won't regret it. The bar area is more trendy and boisterous while the piano bar side is more subdued.

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            AKtraveling RE: jas529 Apr 24, 2007 10:26 AM

            Pars Cove 435 . Diversey Pkwy Persian American...haven't been there since I dated my husband, but it is small & cozy romantic. They used to have a nice couples deal too.

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              AKtraveling RE: AKtraveling Apr 24, 2007 03:34 PM

              btw Pars Cove is not trendy/sexy...more like an intimate neighborhood restaurant with good food :)

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