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Apr 30, 2007 11:46 AM

Suggestion Please, Top 3 in town

Coming from Boston, with an expense account, yay. Where to go? Not interested in a steak house. What are your top recommendations.

So much good press on the Chicago food scene these days, I'm so excited.


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  1. Alinea
    Charlie Trotter's

    1. You're going to get different answers from different people, but if money were no object my top 3 are:

      1. Alinea
      2. Avenues
      3. Tru

      Honorable mention: Schwa

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      1. re: jesteinf

        Don't you also have a restaurant that the chef uses an ink jet printer to cook? Is that worth considering, or is it one of the above suggested?

        1. re: chefboyardee

          That's MOTO. I have never been but it's been discussed here and on People seem to love it or hate it. But the general consesus is to go and experience it. I will once my pocketbook catches up to my tastes!

          1. re: lbs

            I wouldn't put Tru on the list. I ate there in February and found it to be pretentious and not as good as I'd hoped. The tourists are beginning to take over and someone snapped a photo every 15 minutes or so. It is a pretty room, though, and if you want to experience it, go somewhere else for dinner and go there for dessert.

      2. I'd go with:
        North Pond Cafe
        Frontera Grill/Topolobampo

        1. "Top 3" based upon what? Critical acclaim? Buzz (what's hot now)? Value?

          There have been some good responses already (Alinea, Avenues, Tru, Trotters, Moto). I'd add Blackbird to that list. Still firing on all 8 and delivering an outstanding dining experience.

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          1. re: Original Kman

            "Best" is an elusive, probably meaningless, category. Here are three places where we've been often and consistently well pleased:

            Custom House

          2. Among Chicago's Top 3 meals I have a hard time not including one of our incredible authentic Thai restaurants.

            There are alot of haute cuisine restaurants all over the U.S. but rarely have I found anywhere in the country as good and authentic Thai cuisine as you'll find in Chicago.

            Make one of those meals a BYOB with riesling, gewurztraminer, and a fine wheat microbrew at TAC Quick, Thai Avenue, or Spoon Thai.