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Takashi or Blackbird?

topawers Jul 22, 2008 02:54 PM

One night. One great meal. Which one?


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  1. chicgail RE: topawers Jul 22, 2008 03:01 PM

    Takashi is really good. Desserts disappointed us.

    I think I would go for Blackbird.

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      wak RE: topawers Jul 23, 2008 02:57 PM

      If that is your choice, Blackbird.

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        ems RE: wak Jul 24, 2008 11:51 AM

        Blackbird. I've eaten at both.

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          topawers RE: ems Jul 24, 2008 11:55 AM

          Is Takashi not good? Or is Blackbird just better?

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            wak RE: topawers Jul 25, 2008 12:24 AM

            Blackbird is an outstanding restaurant, run by one of Chicago's top chefs, and has continued to churn out excellent and innovative food for a decade. It's really hard to beat that combo. The only downside for me is that they really cram a lot of people into a small space, but that seems to be an intentional effort since Avec, also run by Paul Kahan, is even more extreme in that regard, and his soon to be opened new gastropub seems to be headed down that same path. But the food at Blackbird is worth rubbing elbows with the neighbors.

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              chicgail RE: topawers Jul 25, 2008 09:27 AM

              To paraphrase wak and answer your question directly, Takashi is very good and worth trying. At this point, however, for the price point, Blackbird is in a bit of a class of its own.

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          nsachman RE: topawers Jul 28, 2008 07:42 AM

          Blackbird hands down. In fact, Blackbird would win out in just about any head to head matchup in chicago.

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