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For Chicagoan's, What restaurant is on top of your list to try?

So far this year I have hit quite a few restaurants for the first time in the Chicago area based on rec's from this site, and LTH (Amanacer Tapatio, Frontera, Sa Soo Gap San, Coalfire, Saloon Steakhouse, Joes Seafood, Prime Beef, and Stone Crab, Katy's Dumplings, Lao Szechwan).

I am now looking forward to my next meal out, at the top of my list to try next are:

1) David Burkes Primehouse - I cant get enough dry-aged beef.
2) Le Colonial
3) Fultons on the River

I am curious if others have a list of places they have at the top of their lists to try?

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  1. Despite always trying to find something new when I go out, its amazing how may places I have not visited. For example Coal Fire - I live a mile away. Why have I not tried this yet? My current list:

    Chiyo
    Honey 1
    Coal Fire Pizza
    North Pond
    Taco Veloz
    Tio Luis
    sticky rice
    'Little' Three Happiness
    Sol de Mexico
    Xni-Pec
    Hopleaf
    Sepia
    Hot Chocolate
    Old Town Brasserie
    Alinea

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    1. re: wak

      Little Three Hapiness is on my extended list as well.

    2. Sabitino's (I know I spelled it wrong!)

      North Pond

      Avenues

      Sol de Mexico

      Sa Soo Gap San

      Spoon Thai/TAC

      BTW Swsidejim - I went to Fulton's on the River a week after I went to Keefers. I didn't like Fulton's at all. I thought the food was just ok and the prices a touch too high for what was being offered. We did get to sit outside which was wonderful but all in all, I'd rather spend my money at different place.

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      1. re: lbs

        thanks for the tip on Fultons. I also have Spoon Thai & TAC on my extended list.

        I have alos heard good things about Sol de Mexico, but have yet to go.

        1. re: lbs

          Spoon Thai, like at Lawrence and Western?

        2. There's just too many to list, but No. 1 is Shikago on La Salle in the loop. TAC and Sticky Rice are two others. Every time I think I am going to try the latter two, I end up at Spoon.

          1. Right now it's Avec for me. We've done blackbird and were blown away. Vie in Western Springs is going to be up soon too.

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