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Dinner with friends in Bucktown/Wicker Park

blondie60614 Jan 21, 2008 08:27 PM

Any suggestions? I've been to the obvious.. Feast, Northside, Meritage, Cafe Absinthe.

Looking for a new place I haven't been to. Thanks!

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  1. nsxtasy RE: blondie60614 Jan 21, 2008 08:38 PM


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      blondie60614 RE: nsxtasy Jan 21, 2008 08:44 PM

      Been there. I just saw Mas closed!! Oh no.. does anyone know why?

    2. blondie60614 RE: blondie60614 Jan 21, 2008 08:48 PM

      Has anyone been to Il Covo, Blue Coral, Su-Ra, Rios d' Sudamerica or Between Boutique?

      I really want to try a new place.. Thanks!

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        nsxtasy RE: blondie60614 Jan 21, 2008 09:13 PM

        Bin Wine Cafe? Cafe Matou? Hot Chocolate?

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          lgolanty RE: blondie60614 Jan 22, 2008 08:38 AM

          Recently went to Between with some friends on an off night. Meh. The food is almost all fried, a lot heavier than we were hoping for. Drinks were good, but I don't think I'll be back. PS, anyone who ends their answering machine message with "Thank you for being sexy, and for calling Betw..." isn't in it for the food.

        2. leek RE: blondie60614 Jan 22, 2008 07:08 AM

          Takashi is new

          1952 N Damen Ave
          Chicago, IL 60647
          Phone: (773) 772-6170

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            nsxtasy RE: leek Jan 22, 2008 09:51 AM

            I hear Takashi is tough to get reservations at, that they're mostly booked up. But it never hurts to try. They take reservations on opentable.com

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            jn2001 RE: blondie60614 Jan 22, 2008 11:52 AM

            I've been to Blu Coral with some friends who are not sushi purists, so I can only speak to the special maki. That said, we ordered several maki rolls that have funky ingredients, and the end result is huge rolls with the taste of any actual fish well-masked, so everyone was quite happy. We actually had trouble finishing the rolls we ordered, and that usually isn't an issue for us.

            As for Between, from what I hear, I think they might have more off nights than on, so I personally wouldn't waste my time and money going there. Food was nothing special - after reading the other post, I do remember everything was heavier than I had wanted, and feeling bloated after a "small plates" meal kind of defeats the purpose of small plates, in my opinion. Food aside, I wouldn't even make it a destination for drinks because I found the service to be extra intrusive, down to the owner sitting with us because the place was completely empty when I went.

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              amoncada RE: blondie60614 Jan 22, 2008 12:38 PM

              Enoteca Roma in Wicker Park
              2146 W. Division

              Cozy atmosphere with great food, service, and wine pairing.

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                ljero RE: amoncada Jan 22, 2008 02:03 PM

                you should go try Takaski...had a great meal there recently.

                other faves: Hot Chocolate and Francesca's Forno...

                do not bother with between boutique...food was very average.

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                  ljero RE: ljero Jan 22, 2008 02:04 PM

                  or...for mexican try Maiz (not exactly bucktown, but close enough as it is only 1.5 miles away)...

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                vrollings RE: blondie60614 Jan 23, 2008 02:45 PM

                I would recommend Hot Chocolate. I had never been until recently - and now I've been twice in the past month. While the service can get slow (seemingly b/c the kitchen gets backed up), the food is great and the desserts are fantastic. The vibe is cool too. Just be sure to make a reservation. Lots of people try to walk-in there this time of year and are greeted with looong waits. Enjoy!

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                  ChristopherP RE: blondie60614 Jan 25, 2008 08:38 AM

                  Bluebird should be on your list, intersting menu and great beer list

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                    Eaterlover RE: ChristopherP Jan 25, 2008 10:43 AM

                    I think Bluebird is great for atmosphere and expensive beers (a pricey 750 ml can set you back $40 or more), but I have doubts about the food. I tried the much lauded braised rabbit and was hard pressed to find a single piece of rabbit in the overwhelming pasta dish. The lamb was definitely "meh," the kind of kefta kebab you can find at Sultan's Market.

                    As far as small plates go, I think People is much better choice (even if we're talking about a completely different genre of food).

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