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nymoving2004 Apr 17, 2008 08:13 AM

Alright -- my wife and I are spending her 28th birthday in Chicago.....we made reservations to Aigre Doux (spelling????) but have heard a lot of great things about Blackbird. Is Blackbird far and away better....so much so that we should try to get into Blackbird instead???

  1. nsxtasy Apr 17, 2008 08:20 AM

    No. I've had outstanding dinners at both of them, and consider them virtually identical in quality of food, service, ambiance, etc.

    1. blondie60614 Apr 19, 2008 05:47 PM

      I would recommend going to Blackbird. It has a much more "sexy" ambiance and is someplace I would go to celebrate.

      I have been to Blackbird several times over the years and have always had a wonderful experience. I ate at Aigre Doux only once - and while the food was very good, the service was lacking.

      1. chicgail Apr 20, 2008 01:34 AM

        I vote for Blackbird over Aigre Doux. Went to AD for a special occasion (birthday I think) and I don't even remember much of the meal, which is unusual for me. Other people I know really liked it, but there are consistent reports of poor service.

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        1. re: chicgail
          nsxtasy Apr 20, 2008 07:26 AM

          When I ate at Aigre Doux last year, the service was as wonderful as the food. It was one of my best meals of the year, a year in which I ate at some very impressive restaurants. I posted a detailed report on my spectacular meal at Aigre Doux in the topic at www.chowhound.com/topics/365436

          1. re: nsxtasy
            nymoving2004 Apr 21, 2008 02:38 PM

            We ended up going to AD and it was great.....I should say -- very good food....GREAT service. The apps & dessert were great (grilled octopus & pinto beans, tempura crab (not the best, but good), and oxtail ravioili.....the entrees were very good - but not memorable....(lamb tasting...& sea bass w/ asparagus & sushi rice) Overall -- I'd definitely go back.....thanks for the info -- we'll hit Blackbird on our next trip.

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