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Feb 4, 2008 03:58 PM

Best Chicago tasting menu restaurant

Every June we make a trip out to Chicago to see family and also manage to fit in a great restaurant. So far we have been to Charlie Trotters, Moto and Alinea. We loved them both. Any reccomendations for this years trip?

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  1. Given the fact that Avenues will be in the midst of a chef change, I would recommend Tru. but keep an eye on the situation at Avenues as there might not be much of a drop-off from the current chef.

    1. IMHO five restaurants in Chicago stand head and shoulders above the others: Alinea, Avenues, Everest, Charlie Trotter's, and Tru. (Close runners-up are NoMI, Moto, and Spiaggia.) As Josh mentions, Avenues will be getting a new chef this spring, so it's "wait and see".

      I strongly recommend Everest. The food is spectacular, the service exquisite, and the setting is amazing (it's at the top of the Midwest Stock Exchange building, with the entire city spread out below).

      1. Word is Schwa will be back by the time you make it to Chicago as well.

        1. Don't go to Avenues early on a weekday. We sat by ourselves for over an hour before any other dinner parties arrived. The lobby restaurant was hopping, should have just ate there.

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          1. re: AKtraveling

            I've eaten at both restaurants (the Lobby and Avenues) and both are excellent for what they are. However, they are entirely different in every way, and I don't think most people would consider either an adequate substitute for the other. The Lobby is a casual mid-priced restaurant serving upscale, fairly conventional contemporary American cuisine. Avenues is a fancy, dressy, expensive fine dining restaurant serving imaginative, creative cuisine from one of the top chefs in the country.