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Mar 14, 2008 03:12 PM

Solo dining in Chicago...need a recommendation

Hey there, traveling to Chicago for business next week and have a free night on Saturday. Any recommendations for solo dining? I am staying in the city and do have a car. Having dinner at Topolobampo on Friday with friends. I love Bucktown/Wicker Park so anyting around there would be great. Thanks.

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  1. For a solo diner, I think Avec is a great choice. The same things that work as a disadvantage to groups - "communal seating" and lack of reservations - work to your advantage as a solo. Although waiting times on Saturdays are typically lengthy, it rarely takes anywhere near as long for them to find a single seat, whether it's at the bar or at one of the tables. And since people go there knowing that they'll be seated with strangers, it's a great place to be able to enjoy your meal with the folks around you. It's just west of the Loop, about a half mile from Topo and a mile or two from Bucktown.

    1. I ate alone at Lula on Friday night, was seated right away, and had a really solid meal. It wasn't knock-your-socks-off spectacular but it's definitely worth a visit. It's in Logan Square, not far from Bucktown, and they have a bar in front that's great for a solo diner, but I chose to dine in the dining room which was totally pleasant. Definitely order off the specials menu if you go.