Client heading to town. Need to shamelessly kiss his A**
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)
** / $$:
Frontera Grill (Rick Bayless)
Old Chicago Standards:
Mortons (Steak of course)
Gibsons (again Steaks)
Chicago Style Pizza:
Thanks so much.
for $$$$, i would add L2O.
Avec and Quartino are actually more like $$. 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 $$$ .
Other "Old Chicago Standards" worth a shot (better, I think than Morton's or Gibson's)
For steak, I would definitely consider David Burke's Primehouse, especially if you care about quality service and a real wine list.
I would also add Avenues to the $$$$ 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.