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What to order at Spring?

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Hello Chicago Chowhounders:

I have a reservation at Spring during Thanksgiving week and I was wondering if you have any opinions about what to order there for appetizers and entrees? I'll be going to Zocalo, TRU, David Burke's Primehouse (for Thanksgiving dinner) and Cafe Spiaggia. I chose Spring to get a more seafood-oriented menu. Also, how is the dessert at Spring? I ask because I'll be in the neighborhood of Hot Chocolate and I'm thinking of going there for dessert. Thanks for your assistance.

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David Burke's Primehouse
616 N Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Cafe Spiaggia
980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Hot Chocolate
1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Spiaggia
980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Zocalo Restaurant
358 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654

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  1. For a starter, we loved the pork belly and for an entree- loved the scallops.

    1. The seared Maine Scallops with braised oxtail is probably my favorite entree in the entire city -- it's Spring's signature dish. I have always been big fan of Spring's oysters, too.

      Hot Chocolate for dessert is a good call. Zocalo? Unless you have a specific resason for going (gift certificate, cousin is a bartender there, etc.), I would visit Mr. Bayless at Frontera or better yet travel further north to Mixteco Grill.

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      Hot Chocolate
      1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

      Zocalo
      358 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60610

      Mixteco Grill
      1601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

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      1. re: alexi612

        alexi:

        Thanks for the feedback. I've been to Frontera several times and really love it. But it's not open on Mondays and that's the day I've got set aside for Mexican (and I want to try a different place). I've read some good reviews about Zocalo. Do you have recommendations other than Mixteco Grill?

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        Zocalo
        358 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60610

        Mixteco Grill
        1601 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

      2. Ate there last week, had a delightful tasting menu, which included 6 courses, and 3 amuse buches. My dining partner paired his with the wine. It was fantastic.

        Dessert at Spring is fantastic. We had a chocolate mousse with candied squash that was fantastic. Last time we were there we shared a chinese hot mustard ice cream paired with a banana toffee cake. Sounds weird, but it was very good.

        Hot Chocolate deserves its own meal. its more than just a dessert place.

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        1. re: jjc58

          Hey there, how much was the six course tasting? And the wine pairing with it?