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masha May 14, 2008 03:31 PM

Can anyone weigh in on this restaurant? I am looking for a moderate priced restaurant for lunch in the West Loop. Food does not need to be extraordinary -- just decent, in a conversation friendly setting with service that is reasonable. Alternate suggestions are welcome (but I don't want to go west of the River).

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    SuzMiCo May 14, 2008 04:07 PM

    Thai Urban Kitchen is west of the river. Did you mean east?

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      masha May 14, 2008 04:17 PM

      You are correct, of course. What I meant to say is that I don't want to go west of the Kennedy. West of the River is ok.

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        SuzMiCo May 14, 2008 04:23 PM

        I haven't been to Thai Urban Kitchen, but when I worked in the Ogilvie Center several years ago (before TUK) there was a decent Thai place in Presidential Towers that would fit your description.

        Also, what about going to Lou Mitchell's a few blocks south.

        If you are willing to go just west of the Kennedy, you have all of Greektown to choose from.

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          chibob Oct 31, 2008 08:06 AM

          My Thai in Presidential Tower. Priced under $10 for most of what I would do at lunch, it gets busy very good service and good food. I don't go there right at at noon so can't say what the wait time may be but I have gone early and know people coming later can wait for a table.

    2. nsxtasy May 14, 2008 04:53 PM

      Obviously "moderate priced" can span a vast range of prices, but some of the nicest restaurants can be surprisingly reasonable at lunchtime. For example, in that area, Blackbird is open at lunchtime, and the prices at lunch are $7-12 for soups and salads, $8-13 for sandwiches, $13-18 for other entrees, which is not a whole lot of money for one of our best restaurants. www.blackbirdrestaurant.com

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        pezzonovante May 15, 2008 12:17 AM

        I definitely have Blackbird at the top of my list for restaurants that I would like to try, that are otherwise out of my usual price range.

        Do you have any other recommendations? I am specifically looking for places that would offer a lunch that stands up equally to their dinner menu.

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          nsxtasy May 15, 2008 07:04 AM

          Two other relatively new, upscale restaurants in that vicinity have gotten good reports here, but I haven't been there myself. Both are open for lunch with prices lower than for dinner; see their website menus to get an idea of pricing:

          Sepia - www.sepiachicago.com
          Powerhouse - www.powerhouserestaurant.com

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          masha May 15, 2008 07:30 AM

          Blackbird, Sepia, and Powerhouse are all more pricey, and fancier than what I have in mind. But thanks for the thoughts.

          I'd like the entire bill, including tax & nonalcoholic drinks to be under $20pp. A place that serves a decent burger and has other sandwich/salad/soup choices would be ok. (And by West Loop, I am including the area west of Franklin, so you don't need to confine your recommedations to west of the River.)

          Can anyone advise if they have eaten at TUK and what they thought?

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            NinaS Jun 18, 2008 01:19 PM

            I had lunch here for the first time today. My friend and I arrived at 11:20am. There were two other tables occupied. By the time we left at 11:50am, the place was full. We had two miso soups and the Alaskan maki and Caterpillar maki. Both were delicious and very fresh. As for prices, they are slightly more expensive than Kamehachi. I usually don't spend that much for lunch (bill with tax was $27.63 - this also included one peach iced tea), but when you have to have a sushi fix....

            Other notes: Service was friendly...Space is sleek. They do have a full bar. Volume was a dull rumble, in other words, I could hear my friend perfectly fine but could not make out what any other patrons were saying.

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              masha Jun 18, 2008 02:23 PM

              Thanks. I actually ate there about 3 weeks ago (within days of posting my query). Room was fine for talking, but the service was slow and I thought the food only so-so. In particular, I thought that the sauces were unduly sweet. (It's been so long since I ate there, I am a bit vague on the details). I might go back if I absolutely had to eat within that immediate area, but not otherwise.

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            sh827 Oct 31, 2008 07:52 AM

            Blackbird is wonderful - but NOT conversation friendly!

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            jlp Oct 25, 2008 02:58 PM

            The food is excellent. The service, however, is among the worst I have ever encountered, and it is definitely not conversation friendly.

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