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Restaurants near Hotel Monaco

Newburyport John Aug 27, 2007 10:01 AM

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. blondie60614 RE: Newburyport John Aug 27, 2007 10:08 AM

    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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      SuzMiCo RE: blondie60614 Aug 27, 2007 02:51 PM

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

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        blondie60614 RE: SuzMiCo Aug 27, 2007 04:11 PM

        Same thing in my book

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          wak RE: blondie60614 Aug 29, 2007 07:03 AM

          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.

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            blondie60614 RE: wak Aug 29, 2007 11:24 PM

            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

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        Newburyport John RE: blondie60614 Aug 29, 2007 06:23 AM

        Thanks very much.

      3. nsxtasy RE: Newburyport John Aug 29, 2007 12:20 PM

        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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          jpschust RE: nsxtasy Aug 30, 2007 12:19 PM

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

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            Newburyport John RE: nsxtasy Aug 30, 2007 02:50 PM

            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.


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              brendastarlet RE: Newburyport John Aug 30, 2007 02:58 PM

              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.

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                jbw RE: Newburyport John Aug 30, 2007 03:19 PM

                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:


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