Dinner options near the Lyric Opera
My editor and I are coming down from Madison to catch "Porgy and Bess" at the Lyric Opera. I'm thinking we probably won't be on much of an expense account, since they're already paying for hotel and mileage, so I'm looking for something lower priced (than, say, Custom House or Tru).
My fantasy was Aigre Doux, but it may be too pricey. I thought about Dine but I'm not sure I want to spend my one Chicago dinner in a hotel. I loved Frontera Grill and Bin 36 (for cheese/wine only) but want to try something new. I'm looking for something in that price range (which maybe Aigre Doux fits? no prices on the menu), relatively near the opera house at Wacker and Madison.
Ideally, I'm looking for French or Asian food, or something else ethnic (Indian? Thai?). I am enchanted by the Green Zebra's menu but worried it's too far away. I was considering Blue 13 and Marche, or possibly Ben Pao.
Thoughts? Thank you!
PS While I'm asking, anyone know a good wine bar to hit up afterwards? I was thinking about heading to Swirl Wine Bar in River North.
Aigre Doux is outstanding. I've paid $90/person for three courses, moderate alcohol, tax, and tip. You can view their menu WITH prices at:
I also included prices of all items in the report I posted on a dinner there at:
If that's too pricey, you might consider Avec, a few blocks west of the opera. The cuisine is Mediterranean-influenced. They specialize in "small plates" although I've found the portion sizes quite ample. More important downsides are that they don't accept reservations and waiting times for seating can be lengthy (they do get a sizable pre-opera crowd), and you may or may not appreciate the communal seating. www.avecrestaurant.com
For pan-Asian food, Red Light is nearby, and quite good. www.redlight-chicago.com
And of course there's always Giordano's, for Chicago deep-dish pizza. www.giordanos.com
You might also check out this discussion, where I've posted these and other suggestions: