I will be in Chicago in early August with a group of friends and I'm looking for some restaurant recommendations. We're staying near the Magnificent Mile but are more than willing to travel for a great meal. While I'd love to try Charlie Trotter's, something a bit less extravagant would be ideal. We're also very adventurous when it comes to food, so all kinds of suggestions would be appreciated!...I heard about a French-Vietnamese place, is it any good?
Yes. I've been there half a dozen times and have always had a good meal. A nice refuge from the goldcoast once you are inside. The Mag Mile area tends to be a haven for chains, but this is a nice independent alternative. If you want to stray farther from this area, there are a lot of excellent ethinic restaurants in Chicago - you just won't find them in the high rent near north and some are really only accessible if you have a car. Check out the Great Neighborhood Restaurant List at LTHForum.com - a Chicago Food Web site.
I'd recommned spending some time searching that site and this one if you're really interested in something new and different.
I'm totally looking for great, ethnic places (not into chains), so we'll take a cab if necessary. (Provided it's not tooooo far). I went to a tapas place off the beaten path the last time I was there, it was ok but we only went b/c the one we intended to go to was packed. I can't remember what it was called...
Just a few in mind at this time:
Le Colonial (never been but hear it's really good from others)
Nuevo Leon (Best Mexican I've had)
Graham Elliot Bowles (if it's open yet)
Argyle Street for Vietnamese (not sure which place has the best reputation)
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