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Where to go for amazing high end food?

bompi Sep 18, 2009 03:44 PM


We are big SF foodies who have one night in Chicago. We wanted to do Alinea or Schwa but of course (devastatingly) we can't get a reservation on the Saturday night we are in town. One of us just went to Trotters last month so she wants something different. What is the next best restaurant if you can't go to those three? I realize that Chicago has an amazing array of totally different restaurants in all price ranges but we want something in the Alinea/Schwa/Trotters class of special.

I'm leaning toward Tru but would love to hear from the local experts.

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    ms. chow RE: bompi Sep 18, 2009 04:43 PM

    I would consider Avenues, TRU, L2O. In that order.

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    1. re: ms. chow
      ms. chow RE: ms. chow Sep 19, 2009 07:01 AM

      Just to clarify. I LOVE all 3 places. Just that if i have to rank, that would be the order i'd give it.

      Here's Avenues' blog.

    2. delk RE: bompi Sep 19, 2009 05:09 AM

      take a look at L2O's blog


      1. uhockey RE: bompi Sep 19, 2009 12:19 PM

        I've been to L2O, Alinea, Trotter's, Blackbird (lunch,) Spiaggia, North Pond, and TRU. In order, based on the quality of food and experience:

        Alinea > L2O > Trotter's > TRU > Blackbird > North Pond > Spiaggia.

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          chicgail RE: uhockey Sep 19, 2009 06:14 PM

          Everyone's experience is different of course and everyone's tastes are somewhat different. I would place TRU above Trotters easily and I'm not sure North Pond would make the list for food, but perhaps for the experience.

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          HoosierFoodie RE: bompi Sep 20, 2009 08:48 AM

          Tru or L20

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            jeanpoutine RE: bompi Sep 20, 2009 05:47 PM

            Another vote for Avenues here. I haven't eaten all over town, but I have been to Avenues and Schwa and I found the calibre of cuisine very comparable between the two, albeit in radically different environments (couldn't get much further apart in terms of style and service than those two really). The wagyu ribeye at Avenues is in the discussion for the best thing I've ever eaten.
            If you were interested in Schwa or Alinea, it might interest you to know that Chef Duffy shares common roots with Achatz and Carlson going back to Trio where Duffy was sous chef.

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