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Restaurants near Mag. Mile Marriott?

swulff Aug 20, 2007 09:33 AM


Can anyone recommend restaurants near the downtown Marriott this Sunday-Tuesday?

Don't want to bust the bank but I do want something decent. Oh and it'll be just one person so I don't want to feel to out of place.


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    tzurriz RE: swulff Aug 20, 2007 09:37 AM

    I don't know the name of it (sorry), but at the John Hancock building there is a fantastic Italian grocery/market. Whenever I'm on N. Michigan for lunch, I eat there. It's "downstairs", you'll see a gazillion people lined up for Cheesecake Factory, just walk right past them and smile knowing you are about to have a much better meal, for 1/4 the price, and without any wait.

    It is a grocery/deli, so don't expect table service, but do expect some really fantastic food. :)

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      NDJ RE: tzurriz Aug 20, 2007 12:52 PM

      It is very good. More of a lunch place (order at the counter). It is called L'Appetito.

    2. nsxtasy RE: swulff Aug 20, 2007 10:50 AM

      A solo diner should feel comfortable *anywhere*. I've eaten solo a lot, and I've never felt out of place.

      What kind of food are you looking for? You might want to take a look at these topics, each of which has recommendations:

      Fine dining:









      Hot dogs:

      Quintessential Chicago:

      Brunch and Breakfast:

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        swulff RE: nsxtasy Aug 20, 2007 12:44 PM

        Thanks for the info. I haven't a clue what I'll be in the mood for. I was hoping for places within walking distance that were good.

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          nsxtasy RE: swulff Aug 20, 2007 04:02 PM

          Well, there are literally hundreds of places within walking distance that are good. But here are places just within two blocks or so, all of which are good IMHO:

          Heaven on Seven (Rush St location) - Cajun - www.heavenonseven.com
          Boston Blackie's - Burgers - www.bostonblackies.com
          Sayat Nova - Armenian - www.sayatnovachicago.com
          David Burke's Primehouse - Steak - www.davidburke.com
          Joe's Seafood and Steaks - www.icon.com/joes
          Capital Grille - Steak - www.thecapitalgrille.com
          Coco Pazzo Cafe - Italian - www.cocopazzocafe.com
          Uno's and Due - Pizza - www.unos.com
          Tru - Fine Dining - www.trurestaurant.com
          Shaw's Crab House - Seafood - www.shawscrabhouse.com

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            tzurriz RE: nsxtasy Aug 20, 2007 04:29 PM

            I would not recommend Heaven on Seven. It is overpriced, every time I've been there the service has been lacking, and the "Cajun/Creole" food well, isn't.

            Sorry, but it always seems like a waste of $$$ to me.

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              nsxtasy RE: nsxtasy Aug 20, 2007 04:33 PM

              Yup, post ten recommendations, and someone's bound to disagree with at least one of them. :grin:

              One other place worth checking out is Fox and Obel. It's an upscale gourmet grocery store (THE such place in the downtown area) and it's just a few blocks east of the Marriott. In addition to groceries, they also have a cafe in the rear where they cook excellent food to order all day long. Very casual, communal tables, newspapers to read, that kind of place - perfect for a solo diner. You'll find the cafe menu on their website at www.fox-obel.com

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                tzurriz RE: nsxtasy Aug 20, 2007 06:31 PM

                Sorry about disagreeing with you. For some reason, that place just always sets off my warning alarms. :grin:

                I liked all of your other recommendations though, oh and Fox and Obel is fantastic! I second that one absolutely!

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          profjmm RE: swulff Aug 21, 2007 12:49 PM

          Quartino is a good place to eat solo. I have only eaten lunch there and like the pizzas and panini very much. Very reasonable. No one has mentioned Frontera. You can definitely sit at the bar there and the food's excellent. You would also be comfortable at Brasserie Jo.

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            bibi rose RE: profjmm Aug 21, 2007 04:16 PM

            I think Quartino would be a great place to have a solo meal at the bar. We've eaten snacks there while waiting for a table and it's very nice.

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