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SEA Chowhound has one night in CHI

choweater Jun 30, 2009 01:53 PM

Last second trip has us in Chicago with nowhere to go for dinner on Wednesday night. Wifey and I are hardcore hounds from Seattle and she's in Chicago regularly, so she's been to a lot of top spots already (Avec, Trotters, OneSixty, Green Zebra and others). She's also been to Publican and I haven't, but she'd go back again.

So, the question is: where to eat dinner? Here's my particulars:
- I have a car and want to eat in Chicago or North of downtown (driving from Evanston area)
- We probably won't be drinking (much)
- No dress code (trip was very last minute)
- We eat everything at any budget

BTW (irrevelant to this thread) - I went to fRedhots & Fries (in Glenview) and it doesn't hold a candle to Hot Doug's, my #1 encased meat emporium.

Thanks CHI Chowhounds in advance.

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  1. viafaenza37 RE: choweater Jun 30, 2009 02:47 PM

    Kan Zaman - good Mediterranean food with belly dance performers on Fri & Sat nights.
    Terragusto - well hidden excellent Italian restaurant, reserve the chef's table, try the chef's tasting menu.
    Tango Sur - great Argentine restaurant. be there early, they don't take reservation, and it's always crowded.

    Tango Sur
    3763 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

    Kan Zaman
    617 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    Terragusto Lincoln Park
    340 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

    1. chicgail RE: choweater Jun 30, 2009 04:04 PM

      Just entertained a Seattle relative here in Chicago. We took him to The Bristol, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

      Other easy-dress, but excellent food options, all in neighborhoods north of downtown include::
      Sweets and Savories
      Bistro Campagne
      Campagnola (in Evanston)

      Sweets & Savories
      1534 W Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614

      Bistro Campagne
      4518 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

      4539 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

      The Bristol
      2152 N Damen Avenue, chicago

      Perennial Virant
      1800 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614

      Sola Restaurant
      3868 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60613

      815 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

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        ms. chow RE: choweater Jul 1, 2009 06:19 AM

        Since you guys are hardcore hounds and have a car, have you been to Lula Cafe? It's my #1 favorite place in the city. Creative food using local ingredients. Whole other side of the menu with excellent cafe fare. Great staff. Fanciful cocktails and moderately priced wines. Funky Logan Square location.

        Lula Cafe
        2537 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

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        1. re: ms. chow
          choweater RE: ms. chow Jul 1, 2009 07:39 AM

          Oh gosh, I hate this kind of decision. We still have hours to go (latish dinner), but we have it narrowed down to three: Publican, Lula Cafe and The Bristol.

          As good as Lula and Bristol menus look, we are leaning towards Publican because it has more vegetable side dish options. Not to say the other menus don't look great, but our indecisiveness may lead us to the larger menu. And I love all things porcine.

          Are we making a wise decision? Like I said, we've got a whole day ahead of us before dinner, so we'll still listen to our continued superb suggestions from the Chi-hounds.

          1. re: choweater
            leek RE: choweater Jul 1, 2009 11:21 AM

            Funny, I'd think of the Publican for more meat options than veggie long before the other two :)

          2. re: ms. chow
            viafaenza37 RE: ms. chow Jul 1, 2009 01:47 PM

            yes. lula is great~ but again, you have to beat the crowd...

            1. re: viafaenza37
              chicgail RE: viafaenza37 Jul 1, 2009 01:55 PM

              Does Lula's have that big a crowd on Wednesday night?

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                choweater RE: viafaenza37 Jul 1, 2009 02:01 PM

                I looks like we'll get downtown around 8:30 or so. I'm not concerned about Wed night crowds anywhere. Or should I be?

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                  viafaenza37 RE: choweater Jul 1, 2009 02:17 PM

                  downtown? probably... oh~ just came to mind... J Bar at the James Hotel downtown is doing Wii night on Wednesdays offering free app before 8pm, very cheap price afterwards plus certain drinks for $5 all night... i was there two weeks ago. totally empty before 8... we had the whole bar and food to us for like an hour! lol~

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