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Restaurants near Hotel Monaco

Will be staying at Hotel Monaco for a week on business. What's good that's within walking distance? I prefer to eat at the bar. Like all types of food. All price ranges are ok.

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  1. Shaws Crab House- great atmosphere and seafood
    Bandera- great comfort food, jazz band plays happy hours
    Vongs Thai Kitchen- a chain, but I think the food is excellent

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    1. re: blondie60614

      As far as I know, Vong's isn't a chain, but it is part of the Luttuce Entertain You group of restaurants.

        1. re: blondie60614

          BTW, Shaws is also part of Lettuce, and Bandera really is a chain - part of Hillstone restaurant group. There are half a dozen of them. You may want to reconsider your opinion of chains.

          That said I'm not a fan of VTK, although Shaws is not bad. Never been to Bandera.

          For solo diners, I would also recommend Keefers or Frontera (traditional bar plus smaller bar by the kitchen at which you can eat). Both are very lively with good food.

          1. re: wak

            I don't have anything against chains, I just made that distinction because some people have commented to me that they thought VTK was a little too commercial for them. Although Bandera and Shaws are both part of a chain/restaurant group- they don't always appear to be in food and atmosphere

      1. There are lots of excellent places within walking distance. But let's start with the closest places, then work outwards, keeping it within a couple of blocks...

        Morton's (Steakhouse) - www.mortons.com (Wacker Dr location)
        Catch 35 (Seafood) - www.catch35.com
        Bacino's (Pizza) - www.bacinos.com (Wacker Dr location)
        Giordano's (Pizza) - www.giordanos.com (Lake St location)
        Smith and Wollensky (Steakhouse) - www.smithandwollensky.com
        Heaven on Seven (Cajun) - www.heavenonseven.com (Wabash location, breakfast-lunch)
        Bin 36 (Wine Bar) - www.bin36.com
        Atwood Cafe (American) - www.atwoodcafe.com
        Keefer's (Steakhouse) - www.keefers.com

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        1. re: nsxtasy

          Morton's, especially that location is far from excellent.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            Good stuff. May need to skip my training classes to get to all these places!!

            Anyone with anything to say about Emerald Loop? It's very close by and looks like a decent menu. Would like to find some place close by for drinks or dinner that's pretty casual. Plus, my irish heritage is calling me there!!

            Let me know.

            Thanks!

            1. re: Newburyport John

              I don't know Emerald Loop, sorry, but I also would recommend Vong's. Lettuce isn't a chain, it's a group, and some of the best restaurants in Chicago over the years have been part of it. Be sure to book a table if you go there, it's very popular and you might end up waiting.

              For drinks, try Jaks Tap (901 W. Jackson) It has 40 brews on tap.

              If you want a good sushi place, try Izumi (731 N. Randolph) and if you get stuck one evening and want delivery sushi, try Sushi-X. They deliver on scooters, and the food is better than 70% of the sushi in my town.

              1. re: Newburyport John

                Metromix calls it an "Irish pub that went to culinary school." Anyway,The Gage, a new addition to Michigan Avenue, is only a couple of blocks away from you, and it's been getting some fairly good reviews. Here's the Trib version:

                http://metromix.chicagotribune.com/di...