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Hello,

My friends and I will be in Chicago and we'd love a great restaurant recommendation for a sat night. We're from NYC, so it would be great if it serves food we can't get in NY. Obviously great food is first priority, scene/ambiance not very important. There will probably be 8 of us. $50-60/head budget (incl. alcohol)

Thanks!

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  1. Chicago is a big city. Do you have a desired location? That would help narrow things down a bit. Also an idea of what you might enjoy food-wise?

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    1. re: bryan

      I'm thinking we'll all be downtown in the loop area. In terms of food, we're pretty open. Do you have recs for deep dish or american (new) type cuisine?

      1. re: cathygutz

        For Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, you'll find plenty of recommendations in these two topics, and the big chains have multiple locations in the downtown area:
        www.chowhound.com/topics/327474
        www.chowhound.com/topics/319254

        I would also suggest considering one of the Greek restaurants in Greek Town, just west of the Loop:
        www.chowhound.com/topics/119233

        There are lots of great contemporary American restaurants, but most of them will be tough within the budget you mention; they're typically in the $80-120 range per person including tax, tip, and alcohol.

    2. I would recommend Carnivale on Fulton near the expressway. Its very lively, a bit trendy and has a great open dining area. Great food and yummy mojitos, and the cost would be around 60 per person...

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      1. re: jennykrause

        Good Mexican/Latin food is something that we see a lot in Chicago, so Carnivale could be a good fit. Its my old standy recommendation for groups.

        Given the size of the group, you could also try some other options - Frontera or Zocalo are good Mexican options if you want something a little more focused than Carnivale's pan-Latin menu. I'd also recommend Salpicon, but it might be tough to keep that within your budget.

        If you are a little more adventurous and real foodie types, there are also some outstanding Thai places farther north in the city. I would highly recommend Spoon Thai. You would probalby be best off hopping on the Brown line North to the Western Ave. El stop. Its half a block south of there. Very authentic. Many many Thai specialties that you do not normally see. A perfect place to order a dozen dishes for everyone to share. Note that its BYO, so you can bring your own drinks. Last time we went, we left stuffed for $35 each, not including wine.

        http://www.fronterakitchens.com/resta...
        http://zocalochicago.com/
        http://www.salpicon.com/

        http://www.spoonthai.com/