1 night in chicago
Will be in Chicago for a Friday evening to see a very late show at the Metro - looking for a recommendation for casual but very good eats and drinks - something along the lines of a Spotted Pig, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Casa Mono, etc. in NYC - nothing too heavy - Avec looks to be along these lines - any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I am a huge fan of Avec, and probably the closest thing in Chicago to the restaurants you mentioned.
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Be aware though, if you're going on a Friday be prepared for a very long wait (unless you arrive before 6).
We have many, many great casual fine dining restaurants. My favorite of all in the city is one sixtyblue; other excellent ones include Blackbird, Aigre Doux, Naha, and North Pond, just to name a bunch. At any of these, I've had meals where one item after another was just "wow", "to die for", just absolutely terrific. If I had to choose just one, though, it would be one sixtyblue.
I'm not a big fan of Avec, where I ate again a few weeks ago. The food is good not great (no "wow" dishes), the seats are incredibly uncomfortable, the no-reservations policy results in 90-120 minute waiting times on weekends, the noise is deafening, and the communal seating is a crapshoot.
Thanks - I've seen some of the places you mentioned but they all seem to be a little more formal than what I am looking for - I'm not looking for great views, white tableclothes, etc. - so long I can grab a seat or a stool at a bar, get a drink and just ask them to just serve me whatever's best that day, then I'm good - I can deal with waiting, I can deal with high prices, so long as the meal is worth it.
Hmmm, near the Metro I might try Moxie for small plates and good drinks, or Mia Francesca for consistently delicious Italian. Also in the neighborhood is Uncommon Ground which used to be strictly a coffee shop but now has a quite developed dinner and drink menu. All are fairly affordable and good eats.