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Monday or Tuesday deals

I am takign a downtown vacation in my own city Sunday-Tuesday nights at the Ritz-Carlton. I am looking for some dinner deals. Doing the brunch at the Ritz on Sunday, but figuring out Monday and Tuesday. Splurging on the room, so values would be great to find. I live up on the north side, so don't want to head that way. Any downtown, West Loop, or South Loop Monday or Tuesday night specials?

I heard about Marche's Monday set price menu...any other ideas, or feedback on Marche?

Thanks!

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  1. Metromix has a comprehensive listing of restaurant values by date. Go to their dining page:

    http://chicago.metromix.com/restaurants

    On the right, you'll see "Calendar of Events". Click on each date you're interested in, then click on "View All Of Restaurant Events", and you'll see a listing of all the restaurant special deals available for that date. You can then narrow the listing down by neighborhood by clicking on a neighborhood on the left, under the "Browse by" heading.

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      right, i know that trick, and can do that, but sort of looking for things that weren't caught, and places on there that you personally enjoy and stand out of the 8 pages of listings.

    2. In the West Loop, La Sardine, which is a French bistro, has a 3-course prix fixe menus on Tuesday nights for $25. In the South Loop, Opera (also a member of the same Kleiner group as Marche) has a 3-course prix fixe menu on Sundays and Tuesdays for $29; Opera serves very creative Chinese fare.

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      1. re: masha

        great, would you recommend over marche?

        1. re: Chargenda

          Yes as to both. La Sardine is superior to Marche in the French bistro department. Opera's promotion is a steal, as most of its entrees alone typically list in the $15-20+ range. I know there has been debate on the board as to the quality of Opera's offerings, but we've been pleased each time we've been.

          1. re: Chargenda

            I really dislike Marche. It's a neat scene, and thought it was cool 10 years ago - but the food has always let me down. I've eaten there three times, and two of those times I felt really sick afterwards. I have a feeling it is the excessive amounts of fat they cook with, but I'm not sure.

            One of my favorite places for a deal is Le Bouchon on Damen. On Mondays they offer 1/2 priced bottles of vino and Tuesdays a $22 prix fixe. The atmosphere is really quaint, can get loud and cramped- but I absolutely adore this spot and the servers are always friendly.

            1. re: Chargenda

              I'm also lukewarm about Marche, and would recommend the La Sardine French bistro experience over it. This is a very popular deal, so be sure to reserve and be prepared for a crowd.

              1. re: Chargenda

                Opera like many (but not all) of Kleiners restaurants are more about flash than amazing food. I am not impressed with Opera and it's kinda pricey.

                1. re: Chargenda

                  Opera is excellent, especially if you've never been there. But as a big fan of the Prix Fixe deals at all 3 places, I've tired a bit of Opera's menu options. I've just had the same favorite dishes too many times, need to give it a rest. But it is excellent. Marche seems to have more varied daily specials in addition to the regular menu, so I always enjoy seeing what the night will bring. La Sardine is also good, but the ambiance just isn't there for me. It's a little too quiet and dark. Last time I was there it just seemed kind of dead. But the food was quite good. So for me, the order would be Marche, then Opera, and La Sardine last.

              2. I'm not exactly sure if there is a Bar Louie around there (but i think there is!) but they have $1 burger nights on Tuesday night! You can't really beat that!

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                1. re: Chew on That

                  There is a Bar Louie in the South Loop, in Dearborn Station at the intersection of Dearborn and Polk. Still, my sense from the OP's inquiry, however, was that he was looking for reduced price specials of a more upscale variety than Bar Louie.

                  1. re: masha

                    I agree but I was just throwing that out there because it's quite a deal! And Bar Louie has a decent atmosphere, and good, somewhat upscale drinks!

                    1. re: Chew on That

                      The alcohol at Opera is pricey. So, a predinner drink at Bar Louie, with or without miniburgers, may make sense. However, the 3 course meal at Opera is a pretty generous portion, so one might not want to fill up on burgers before it.

                      1. re: Chew on That

                        I've had the dollar burger and the atmosphere is decent. I really miss the BL on Lincoln and Clark.

                        At any rate, it is standard, yet solid, chain food fare. When I'm traveling out of town, sometimes a "sure thing" of a chain can be comforting.