Prix Fixe dinners in Chicago
Hello, I am going to be in Chicago in a few weeks with my family and looking for good food at good prices. Does anybody know of any restaurants in Chicago area that have prix fixe dinners? All suggestions are welcome. I am open to all cuisine types. Thanks!
The Brazilian places charge one price and lunch costs around 50% of dinner so is a good deal. Fogo de Chao is considered the best by many. At lunch it runs around $30 for a spectacular salad bar followed by excellent meat, many kinds, ad lib, brought to your table. The other one, Brazzaz, includes seafood. Both have good websites.
La Sardine, a more traditional French Bistro is my favorite deal - $25 for appetizer, entree, dessert. Marche, a less traditional French Bistro is OK. I've been to Opera twice and found it very disappointing both times. Last time I had the "Peking Duck" which is duck done three ways, a kind of signature dish there, and didn't finish half the meal. One of the three was too tough, one was too bland, and the third was pretty good but largely beacuse of the sauce and vegetables. I'll never go back, although many people on this board seem to like it much more.
Another option for you could be some of the ethnic food in Chicago. For excellent and very spicy Chinese, Lao Szechuan is a top spot. For some of the best Thai in town, try Spoon Thai. Both are very convenient to public transportation. A recent trip to Spoon came to less than $30 per person after tip - although its also BYO, so drinks not included in that. Lao Szechuan is also BYO.
Opera's $25 prix fixe is available both Sunday and Tuesday dinners. It is excellent. It's sister restaurant, Marche, has a prix fixe on Monday & Wednesday, but I've not tried that. Other prix fixe dinners include La Sardine's on Tuesday evenings. A number of high-end restaurants (Everest, CustomHouse) have pre-theater prix fixe options, but are only available for early diners.
There are lots of restaurants with prix fixe dinners, but they tend to be the more expensive restaurants. How much are you looking to spend.
It sounds like you are not looking for the Alinea, Charlie Trotter's, Tru (i.e. excellent, but $$$$) places.
Osteria via Stato (Italian) has a $35 per person prix fix, which includes several family-style appetizers and pastas, followed by an entree that each diner gets to choose. The food is very good and plentiful.
Opera (Asian) - other people on this board have mentioend that this restaurant has a very good $25 prix fixe on Tuesday nights, but I haven't been.