Goin' to Chicago
I will be venturing to Chicago for the first time for a wedding with my gf. We've scheduled a couple of days of fun and I'm looking for recommendations for dinner. I prefer to stay away from tourist traps if possible. I'm looking for a nice dinner, in the 50ish range per person, and I would appreciate any recommendations from some locals. Thanks,
I just wanted to report on our trip to Chicago. We tried Terragusto and loved it. It was the type of local restaurant we were looking for. We ordered the 3 course meal and substituted the meat for an additional pasta. The homemade pasta was fantastic! I was worried about the quantity size, but we barely touched our last pasta we were so full. Thanks for all the recommendations.
I highly recommend Frontera Grill. I went with a party of four and had one of the most memorable meals of my life. For a party of two you probably can't make a reservation, but go early, put your name in and have drinks at the bar. If a table at the bar opens up than you're all set, if not, you can enjoy excellent drinks while you wait.
Honestly, every dish we had (and I think we sampled most of the menu) was to die for and the food prices were incredibly reasonable.
Ditto. It gets a lot of hype, but it's well deserved. Perhaps my favorite meal, ever, but then again I'm a lover of mexican fare. I got there with two others at 5:30 (getting there 15-30 mins beforehand, helps; or possibly lunch); we had absolutely fantastic service at a bar table. I can't wait to go back.
On the North Side, maybe 15-20 minutes from the Loop, I'd recommend:
1. Yoshi's Cafe on Halsted (http://www.yoshiscafe.com/yoshiscafe/)
2. Erwin (http://www.erwincafe.com/)
3. Terragusto Cafe - http://terragustocafe.com/ Fantastic, authentic North/Central Italian featuring pasta made daily in the shop, seasonal local organic ingredients etc. (BYOB)
My boyfriend took me to a place in Lakeview/Boystown a few months ago called Socca. It's at Clark and School. I haven't been to too many other places, but there's a French restaurant near my new apartment on Lincoln a few blocks north that looks delicious too. It's called Bistro Campagne.
3301 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
4518 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625