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Mid-week lunch?

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I'm back for more of you chowhounds' sage wisdom.

Next Thursday, my partner and I are seeing Oprah (I know, I know) on Thursday morning. We're excited and figured that, since we'll be off work, we should make a day of it.

We will be done by lunchtime and are trying to figure out a good place to go for some delicious mid-day chow. I'm looking for a sunny, bright and cheerful cafe-ish setting. I'm in the mood for some New American/bistro fare. I wish The Bristol was open for lunch. We haven't tried that place, yet.

Any recs that seem to fit our bill? We'll be downtown for the show, but don't mind traveling a bit.

Thanks!

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  1. A couple of our best places for lunch are very close by.

    La Sardine is one of our very best French bistros and it's right around the corner from Harpo Studios. www.lasardine.com

    And a block away is Wishbone, which specializes in American Southern cooking. www.wishbonechicago.com

    1. " I'm looking for a sunny, bright and cheerful cafe-ish setting. I'm in the mood for some New American/bistro fare."

      I wouldn't necessarily call Ina's food "new American/bistro" but the rest sure fits the bill:

      http://www.breakfastqueen.com/