restaurant in Green Mill area and pie
We'll be in town this weekend to see Kurt Elling at the Green Mill. Any restaurant recommendations near there?
Also, although this is incredibly geeky, we will be observing Pi Day (π) on Sunday, March 14 (3.14159265358979323...get it?). OK, I'm a geometry teacher with Monday off, can you blame me? So, we're staying downtown but willing to go anywhere for great pie in Chicago. Recommendations?
For restaurants near the Green Mill...
There's an Indian restaurant called Marigold on the same block as the club. www.marigoldrestaurant.com
A couple blocks north of there is the intersection of Broadway and Argyle. That's the center of an area full of Vietnamese restaurants. The best known, Tank Noodle ( www.tanknoodle.com ), is on that corner, or you can walk east on Argyle and look at the menus in the windows and see what sounds appealing to you.
There's a decent Thai restaurant called Thai Pastry on Broadway before you get to Argyle. www.thaipastry.com
For a more upscale experience, Magnolia Cafe serves contemporary American food, and it's a couple blocks south of the theater on Wilson. www.magnoliacafeuptown.com
All of the above are within a couple of blocks of the club!
For pie, from the "when in Rome department" ;) ... why not have some of our delicious, genuine, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza? Here are the places that are generally regarded the highest, along with where to find them in the downtown neighborhoods where most visitors stay. All of these have additional locations in outlying city neighborhoods and suburban towns that are not listed below but can be found on their websites.
There are two styles of deep-dish pizza. The first was the single-crust "pizza in the pan". Its practitioners include:
Uno and Due - in River North, where they started it all in 1943. Avoid any other locations as they do not compare. www.unos.com
Pizano's - on State near North Michigan Avenue, and on Madison in the Loop. www.pizanoschicago.com
Lou Malnati's - on Wells in River North, and on State in the South Loop. www.loumalnatis.com
Gino's East - on Superior near North Michigan Avenue. www.ginoseast.com
The double-crust "stuffed" pizza came along in the early 1970s. You can find it at:
Giordano's - on Rush near North Michigan Avenue, on Jackson in the Loop, in the Prudential building in the Loop, and on Van Buren in Greek Town. www.giordanos.com
Bacino's - on Wacker in the Loop. www.bacinos.com
Edwardo's - on Dearborn in the South Loop. www.edwardos.com
Wherever you go, phone ahead with your pizza order to avoid waiting 30-45 minutes while seated for your pizza to bake.
If you would like to tell us where you're staying (e.g. what hotel), we can tell you which of these is closest.
Note - we do have a place that specializes in dessert type pies, called Hoosier Mama Pie Co. ( www.hoosiermamapie.com ). It's located in the neighborhood called West Town, about three miles from downtown Chicago. However, it's closed on Sundays, so you would need to buy one the Saturday before, and eat it the next day.