Chicago Restaurant Week
Chicago tourism department is putting together the 1st annual restaurant week, where there will be 3-course pre-fixe for 31$ (dinner) at a dozen or so quality restaurants. One such restaurant being David Burke Primehouse. Seeing as the cheapest steak on their menu is 37$, this sounds too good to be true. I fear that some restaurants might take the same approach they do with brunch (leftvovers). Can anyone attest to whether or not this will be great value or creative leftovers. The link is below
Looks like a respectable group of restaurants, so I imagine you won't be disappointed. So at Dave Burkes, maybe just smaller than normal portions (6-8 oz instead of the normal 12-18 oz steaks?). Just my guess.
One other option to keep in mind: La Sardine has a special every Tuesday: choose any appetizer, entree, and dessert off the menu for $25.00. I bring this up all the time because I think its the best value in town at one of our best French Bistros. And of course no restriction on what you can order.
re: Chew on That
In the tourism group (see link above), my top choices would be Aigre Doux* or Naha for contemporary American food with global influences, or David Burke's Primehouse for steaks. There are other good choices, too, depending on what kind of food you enjoy - Asian Fusion (Aria), American (Atwood Cafe, the Lobby at the Peninsula, Park Grill), French Bistro (Bistro 110, Kiki's), or steakhouses (numerous choices in that list).
In the independents at www.chicagooriginals.com I haven't been to all of them, but the ones I have, have all been excellent. There, too, it depends on what kind of food you enjoy - seafood (Oceanique, one of my top picks in the entire Chicago area), Italian (Bella Bacino's), French bistro (Cafe Central, Kiki's, Cafe Matou), or contemporary (Sweets and Savories). Understand, I'm not mentioning the others because I haven't been to the rest; I'm guessing they're probably all very good too.
* My dinner at Aigre Doux was one of my very best meals in 2007; you can read my full report at www.chowhound.com/topics/365436 If you go there, make sure you save room for the sticky toffee pudding for dessert!
There are actually two different restaurant weeks coming up, with two different groups of restaurants, as noted in the existing topic at www.chowhound.com/topics/480270
Whether it will be a good value depends on the menu served by each of the restaurants involved (and, of course, whether the items available under the deal are ones that you, specifically, would enjoy).
My general feeling is that $31.95 for dinner tends to be a much better deal than $21.95 for lunch, although obviously it depends on the particular restaurant.