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Jan 3, 2009 02:51 PM

rec for getaway weekend in Chi-town

My wife and I are coming to town for our annual anniversary trip to Chicago. We've done, Gibsons, Topo a few times and Trotters. We are looking for something fun and exciting, with great food being the most important characteristic. We'll be downtown. Suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Go to Tru for the dessert tasting and Cafe Spiaggia for a lunch......both are pretty much unbeatable for their price-point and for the actual meal, I'll await nsx. :-)

    1. Wow, it's hard to narrow things down when you're considering basically everything Chicago has to offer!

      I would suggest looking at the trip as a whole, and coming up with an itinerary that offers some variety to your culinary adventures. Think about what types of food and types of restaurant you'd like to hit while you're here. For example, assuming that you're looking to try new places rather than return to the ones you've been to, an itinerary for a three-day weekend might look like this:

      1. one "haute cuisine" dinner (Alinea, Avenues, L2O, Everest)

      2. one "casual fine dining" dinner from one of the following categories:
      - contemporary American (Aigre Doux, North Pond, Blackbird)
      - Italian (Cafe Spiaggia, Coco Pazzo, Vivere)
      - French bistro (Brasserie Jo, Kiki's Bistro, La Sardine)
      - steakhouse (David Burke's Primehouse, Saloon, Joe's)
      - seafood (Hugo's Frog Bar, Shaw's Crab House, Fulton's on the River)

      3. one ethnic dinner from one of the following categories:
      - Thai (TAC Quick, Vong's Thai Kitchen)
      - Chinese (Lao Sze Chuan, Double Li)
      - Mexican (Mundial Cocina Mestiza, Salpicon)

      4. one lunch of Chicago-style deep-dish pizza from one of the following categories:
      - double-crust "stuffed" pizza (Giordano's, Edwardo's, Bacino's)
      - single-crust "pan" pizza (Gino's East, Pizano's, or the original Uno or Due)

      5. one Sunday brunch from one of the following categories:
      - a la carte brunch (North Pond, Salpicon, Between)
      - high-end buffet brunch (NoMI, Seasons, the "American dim sum" brunch at David Burke's Primehouse)
      - breakfast specialty restaurant (Bongo Room, M. Henry)

      There are lots and lots of choices - literally hundreds of great places from which to choose. These are just some examples of how you can assemble an itinerary with different types of food, atmosphere, and price points. If you have specific ideas and/or if you'd like additional information about these places and/or recommendations for any particular type of food, please let us know.

      1. If you all want to let loose and have a little fun...Lucky Strikes on Illinois & Columbus is always a nice venue. It's more 21 and up-friendly. You can bowl, you can play pool, and you can dine in the restaurant portion. There is also the cinema the lext level up. And probably less than a mile away is Navy Pier where you can enjoy a dinner cruise on a beautiful yacht that sails Lake Michigan and enjoy the other sights and activities the pier has to offer.