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?
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:
Coal Fire Pizza
'Little' Three Happiness
Sol de Mexico
Old Town Brasserie
Sabitino's (I know I spelled it wrong!)
Sol de Mexico
Sa Soo Gap San
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.
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.
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.
Table Fifty-two (going in a couple of weeks)
Kevin (going in a couple of weeks)
In the past year, my previous top choices that I've actually gotten to try and loved (and have become favorites and therefore been to more than once) include North Pond, Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia, Spring, Sepia, Aigre Doux, Sola, Scylla (so sad it's gone), West Town Tavern, Crust, A Tavola, Frontera, Spoon, One Sixty Blue, Hot Chocolate, Meritage, Chalkboard (so so), MK, Custom House...
I get most excited at the thought of returning to Aigre Doux, Cafe Spiaggia, and Sepia, with regular dining (been to more than twice and not necessarily a special/nice dinner) including Crust, West Town Tavern, Frontera (great brunch!), and Spoon.
3) Honey 1
4) Smoke Daddy
Sol de Mexico was at 6, but I finally made it there on Friday night. It was excellent.
Catch 35 in naperville or chicago! I have the raw oysters for appetizer before and after meal. The Sea Bas is amazing
I'm definitely interested in the techno-cheffy places, just because they sound fun. Beyond that:
--Niche in Geneva
--Stillwater in Downers Grove (not because I expect it to be one of Chicago's truly great destinations, but because I just want a good place to finally open up in Downers Grove)
--Sunflower Bistro in La Grange
I'm sure there are others, if I really applied myself!
I am going to knock off # 1 on my list(David Burkes Primehouse) the first week of December as a pre-Christmas present to myself & my wife. I am really looking forward to the dry aged beef they feature after having the best steak of my life at Saloon last month, a 21 day dry aged K.C. Strip. I hear David Burkes has steaks dry aged for twice as long. I am really looking forward to it.
David Burkes narrowly beat out my second choice for this dinner, a return trip to one of my favorites: Joe's Seafood, Prime Steaks, and Stone Crab. I have been craving some of the stone crabs that have just come back into season. Oh well perhaps Joe's for a lunch sometime soon