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Aug 6, 2009 08:45 AM

Long Weekend in Chicago?

Willl be Chicago over Labour Day Weekend, already have Alnea booked, will probably hit Avec/Blackbird, North Pond, and Sepia but looking for other option. Not looking for ethnic or molecular, thinking of Brown Trout, The Gage or Boka. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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  1. Brown Trout is so new, and i haven't been, but write ups in general are positive. It is another in the current trend of locavore, back to basics restaurant that has cropped up in the area. As with the name, fish is supposed to be really good. Other restaurants in a similar vein are Mado, and Bristol. Warning though, noise level at Bristol could be louder than some nightclubs.

    The Gage is a wonderful gastropub with very creative food. You can get as casual as rice flour battered fish and chips, and fried chicken liver, or cod cakes, risotto with goat's cheese, and roasted elk. Great atmosphere, usually crowded.

    Boka is good, although personally i find Chef Tentori's food a little heavy handed. Always seems to me there is one or 2 ingredient too many. Would highly recommend sister restaurant Perennial instead. Casual, market focused, fun atmosphere.

    Mado Restaurant
    1647 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

    The Bristol
    2152 N Damen Avenue, chicago

    Perennial Virant
    1800 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60614

    1. if weather permits, dining outdoor at the gage is nice. risotto with goat cheese is very good. i also like the curry fries and duck rillettes with foi gras.

      1. I would second the rec of going to Perennial instead of Boka. I was at Boka a few weeks ago and would agree that the chef can be heavy handed.