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Client heading to town. Need to shamelessly kiss his A**

WileysHungryAgain Sep 4, 2009 09:08 AM

I'm an ex-ORD hound (aslo ex-sous at Trotters), current LAX hound, with a client from SFO heading to ORD. OK, WTF?

Anyway, they're staying in the Gold Coast on No. Mich. Ave. They would probably prefer to travel not much more than a short (10 min. or so) cab ride from there.

Not looking to start, yet another lengthy debate. Mostly off the cuff thoughts. The ** category, and the "Old Chicago Standards" seems to be where my list is light.

Can you help Phil N the Blanks ( who remembers them?).

Just looking for a comprehensive short list. Then they can do they're own due diligence from there.

**** / $$$$:
Alinea (Grant Achatz)
Trotters (Charlie Trotters)

*** / $$$:
Topolobambo (Rick Bayless)
Graham Elliot

** / $$:
Frontera Grill (Rick Bayless)

Old Chicago Standards:
Mortons (Steak of course)
Gibsons (again Steaks)

Chicago Style Pizza:
Lou Malnatis
Pizzaria Uno
Pizzaria Due

Thanks so much.

  1. w
    WileysHungryAgain Sep 9, 2009 02:33 PM

    Thanks for the input so far, either my list is right on, or the post falls under, "not another list of"...

    Thanks either way.

    2 Replies
    1. re: WileysHungryAgain
      ms. chow Sep 9, 2009 02:46 PM

      The list looks comprehensive to me, including everyone's recs. Anything else specific you are looking for?

      1. re: WileysHungryAgain
        jeanpoutine Sep 9, 2009 07:56 PM

        For steak, I would definitely consider David Burke's Primehouse, especially if you care about quality service and a real wine list.
        I would also add Avenues to the $$$$ category. Depending on your guest, I think Alinea could be a bit challenging for some non-foodies, while Avenues would provide some of that creative technique and wow factor while being a bit more approachable. I would definitely rather go there than Tru. Best service I have ever had.

      2. uhockey Sep 4, 2009 06:46 PM

        Cafe Spiaggia = yes.
        Spiaggia = hell no.

        1. chicgail Sep 4, 2009 01:38 PM

          Other "Old Chicago Standards" worth a shot (better, I think than Morton's or Gibson's)
          Cafe Spiaggia

          1. m
            mountsac Sep 4, 2009 11:24 AM

            for $$$$, i would add L2O.

            Avec and Quartino are actually more like $$. they're really not that pricey. for the same category, i'd also add province, sepia, and osteria via stato.

            i would add cibo matto, il mulino and carnivale to $$$ .

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