Where do I take people about to run a marathon?
Two people running their first marathon on Saturday are visiting me on Friday and Saturday. I'm at somewhat of a loss about where to take them out to eat on Saturday night, the evening before the marathon.
It's my understanding that:
a) They need to eat early (6ish)
b) Lots of healthy carbs, vegetables
c) Not too heavy (obviously)
d) Probably some sort of "pasta and lean meat" variation
Since this is definitely *not* how I eat out in Chicago, I'm not sure of a restaurant that fits the bill. It seems like American and Italian places are the safest options, though. Somewhere that had "California cuisine" sounded like a good idea, but spending $35+ for an entree at NAHA is absurd. Similarly, I don't feel like it's worth it too go to Cafe Spiaggia if you're just restricted to the pasta menu.
I've made reservations at Bandera for Friday night because they have pretty decent salads and it's really close to their hotel (Wacker/Michigan).
Thanks for your help.
Bandera is great and I'm sure they'll enjoy it tonight!
For Saturday, I know from past experiences in going out before the marathon, is that you are so keyed up that it is not even that fun. I would go and get some whole wheat pasta, etc and make them a dinner at your house. I am sure they would appreciate being able to relax and not having to dress up. Sunday after the race. take them out for a nice, huge steak with a good dirty martini on the side.
Italian places are generally your best bet. However, at this point, you may have trouble making reservations at most of them, given that everyone here for the marathon is trying to do the same thing. Which is why the same question was discussed yesterday in the topic at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/562324 - in particular, note the findings by lbs about restaurant availability this weekend.