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julieod May 5, 2008 10:49 AM

I'm coming to Chicago for a wedding- there's five women in their 30s- and had planned on trying to go to Table 52- I haven't found many positive reviews on this. Has anyone had a good experience there or should I look into something else? Thanks.

  1. nsxtasy May 5, 2008 11:31 AM

    Have you checked out the reports in these topics?

    www.chowhound.com/topics/433440
    www.chowhound.com/topics/446033
    www.chowhound.com/topics/427916
    www.chowhound.com/topics/510857

    1. j
      JJ. May 5, 2008 02:45 PM

      I assume you have a reservation. If not, and you are planning on eating there within the next couple months, you can probably ignore the rest of my post.

      With that said, I just ate there Friday night, and enjoyed Table 52 very much. We sat downstairs (don't know if the ambience is the same upstairs). I would try to get a table away from the bench seating, as those tables along the west wall are pretty close to one another.

      Service was very good. And all the dishes were excellent. The mac and cheese was very tasty -- served in a crock with a french onion like top (i.e., the melted cheese layer on top). The biscuits at the start were great. Deviled eggs are also typically served as an amuse bouche (I'm not a fan, but those with me loved them).

      I had a jambalaya special that was great; the fish dishes were also great. The french fry side dish has not gotten much of a mention in reviews I read, but they were great too. Like you, I had concerns about some of the reviews, but we had a great meal there (all with me agreed) -- maybe we were lucky, but based on my first experience, I am eagerly awaiting a return visit.

      Only complaint is that a few of the entrees, and the wine list, were a bit pricey.

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      1. re: JJ.
        nsxtasy May 5, 2008 03:08 PM

        > I assume you have a reservation. If not,
        > and you are planning on eating there
        > within the next couple months, you can
        > probably ignore the rest of my post.

        Just in case you aren't aware of what JJ. is referring to, Table 52 is booked well in advance and it's difficult to impossible to get a reservation unless you are booking for a date at least several months from now.

        1. re: nsxtasy
          j
          JJ. May 6, 2008 08:22 AM

          And to add one more thing, I believe they have a cancellation wait-list. But, with a group of five, you are probably better off with a secure reservation at a comparable restaurant (and there are plenty in Chicago).

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