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Chicago eating trip

Hi, I'm going to be in Chicago from Friday evening through Monday, have an intenerary and would like some feedback. I would like one really nice meal and then looking for food that is unique to chicago (doesn't need to be expensive).

Friday Dinner: Publican (would go to Schwa or Alinea but can't get a res)
Saturday Breakfast: Bongo Room or Yolk
Sat Lunch: Hot Doug's
Sat Dinner: going to a wedding
Sunday Breakfast: Lula
Sunday Lunch: Pizza (uno, due, pizano's, burts? i know there is endless opinions)
Sunday Dinner: L2O (again, i would go to Schwa or Alinea if i could get in, maybe there will be cancelations, any other recomendations?)
Monday breakfast: ?
Monday Lunch: Blackbird
Monday Dinner: Not planning on staying but if I have to stay for something, am open to ideas.

Late night: if in the mood, The violet hour, the gage, hot chocolate

thanks for the help

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Hot Doug's
3324 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

The Violet Hour
1520 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Bongo Room
1470 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Hot Chocolate
1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

2300 Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

Violet Hour
1247 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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  1. Sounds great to me. You've done your research.

    Other ideas:
    Meli Cafe or Ina's for breakfast.
    Sepia, Sweets and Savories, Bonsoiree, Takashi or Naha for dinner.

    2728 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647

    500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

    1. I would skip breakfast on Saturday and concentrate on getting to H.D super early (around 10 am). The lines can be crazy long by 11 or so(think at least 45 - 1.5 hours). If you don't eat breakfast before, you can really splash out at H.D and get a several sausages plus the duck fat fries to try. I would then use your open Monday slot for Bongo Room or Yolk.

      Pizza - yes there is endless options. I haven't been to Burts but I do know you have to call ahead and order your pizza. Also it is in the 'burbs and if you don't have a car, you will have to rely on the Metra. The Metra on a Sunday runs a very limited schedule. You will have to plan a trip out there carefully to avoid having to wait a couple of hours for the next train (been there, done that). Out of the rest of the choices you mentioned, I like Pizano's and Malanti's the best.

      Bongo Room
      50 E Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60605

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      1. re: lbs

        Duck fat fries only on Friday,,,unless something's changed.
        P. Uno is my preferred choice and Lou Mals is very good also.
        L2o...I hope you like fish and I must say that I wasn't all that impressed.
        Looking at OpenTable 7:00pm Sunday, most but not all top tier restaurants are full but you do have these three options...Spiaggia, Nomi and Sixteen(see my review as a reply to the post: Trump International). We ate at Nomi several weeks ago and it was really excellent. Spiaggia, regardless of your politics(the Obamas love it) is a great choice.

        980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

        1. re: hoppy2468

          Duck fat fries are offered only on Friday and Saturday. See his website.


          1. re: lbs

            You are correct and I bow to your vastly superior knowledge.

            1. re: hoppy2468

              If only everyone would! LMAO I just know that too because I'm dying to try them and Saturday is my only day off.

              1. re: lbs

                I'm a staunch devotee of Doug's, been going for years, but I have to say the duck fat fries aren't really much different from his regular fries. Don't get me wrong, they're delicious, but they're way overhyped.

      2. For pizza, give Pequod's a try. I just recently had it for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. I think it has a little more character and flavor than the other traditional deep dish places usually recommended.

        1. You're pretty much all set. For breakfast, although it's a chain, I recommend the Original Pancake House. Everything there is great, but the apple thang is great. I like the bacon and crepes.

          1. Pequod's, Lou Malnati's, or Bacci for pizza fer sure

            Sweets and Savories is a block from my house ---its awesum - they have a prix fixe deal

            L20 is overrated. sorry

            Violet hour is very cool
            Salud is cool 2
            Lotties is fun also

            san soo gab san if u cant sleep and wanna do korean bbq at 4am

            1. For Breakfast, I would definitely try The Orange, order their frushi. I take visitors here everytime. Toast is also a great place for breakfast. I hear publican's Sunday brunch is supposed to be amazing. M. Henry and Southport Grocery are also some of the top breakfast spots. For Pizza, Lou Malnati's hands down. Also can try Great Lake pizza. They were voted number one in America by GQ and also recently mentioned in Men's Health Mag. Hot Chocolate is amazing. Mindy Segal can work wonders.

              1. danielpklein, let us know how your trip went, if you can still remember any of the details!