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Slightly Obsessed Oct 4, 2007 11:59 AM

I'm coming in from out of town on Monday night, Oct 15th. I'm looking for a restaurant downtown that I can entertain a client. I'd like somewhere with great food, but a more a modern or lively atmospher than formal. I'm open to different cuisines. Monday nights can limit options. Any suggestions?

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    Why I Love Chicago Oct 5, 2007 06:59 AM

    Petterino's in the theatre district might be a good choice. They have pretty good food, a fun atmosphere, and it's not really formal. Plus, you could always see a show! (Wicked is playing next door).

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      wak Oct 5, 2007 07:06 AM

      Try Naha or Blackbird. Both are open Mondays.

      http://www.naha-chicago.com/
      http://www.blackbirdrestaurant.com/

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        BRB Oct 6, 2007 07:20 AM

        . . . and both are outstanding. One other option is one sixtyblue is also excellent and open on Mondays, but I would prefer Blackbird and Naha, in that order.

        Sorry but I would strongly advise against Petterino's. I think the food is, at best, mediocre.

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          chicagowinediva Oct 6, 2007 09:26 AM

          With all due respect for my fellow posters, I have to agree that Petterino's food is really lackluster. Try Blackbird.

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            Hensley Sep 24, 2008 09:57 AM

            Sorry, have to disagree on Petterino's. Had a wonderful meal last night before seeing Wicked. All dishes our party of 4 had were great. Service was great, and food was even better.

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            Slightly Obsessed Oct 10, 2007 08:08 AM

            Hi, I appreciate the recommendations. My schedule, it turns out, has changed. We'll now have dinner on Sunday night. Unfortunately, neither blackbird nor Naha are open Sunday. My guest prefers seafood and or vegetarian cuisine. Any recommendations?

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            Slightly Obsessed Oct 10, 2007 08:08 AM

            Hi, I appreciate the recommendations. My schedule, it turns out, has changed. We'll now have dinner on Sunday night. Unfortunately, neither blackbird nor Naha are open Sunday. My guest prefers seafood and or vegetarian cuisine. Any recommendations?

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              BRB Oct 10, 2007 08:35 AM

              Try Green Zebra for vegetarian. It's outstanding and think it also fits the idea of what you were originally looking for. greenzebrachicago.com

              For seafood, try Spring. They have more creative seafood; Asian-influenced. springrestaurant.net

              Both are open on Sunday.

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                Slightly Obsessed Oct 10, 2007 08:50 AM

                They look fantastic!!! Thank you so much

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                  wak Oct 10, 2007 09:15 AM

                  Sundays are tough. You could try Le Colonial - http://www.lecolonialchicago.com/

                  A side note - Green Zebra...I was at Green Zebra a few weeks back with some vegetarian friends and we all left a little disappointed. We each ordered three dishes each as the waiter recommended and only about half of them really stood out. Also troubling was that the portions were tiny. The mushroom risotto, for example, was quite good, and served in a cute little porcelain covered dish, but contained about three bites of Risotto and maybe three mushrooms. I had the egg, which consisted of a soft boiled egg on a precious little swirl of mashed potato and a dainty toast corner. Tasted very good, but I could have easily downed four of them. I ordered a beet salad that was laughably small. Barely even tasting menu size. Let me add that I am not a big eater - I often do not finish the normal portions at restaurants. If the food was spectacular I might have understood, but the whole experience was underwhleming, to the tune of around $100 a person with wine (2 bottles for 4 people). If someone else was paying, I guess I could just order half a dozen dishes and be fine with it. If I were in the area again I would much rather go to May Street Market which always has excellent vegetarian options, but they are closed on Sundays.

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