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Oct 28, 2009 04:28 PM

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

      5 Replies
      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