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Large portions at Graham Elliot. Do they exist?

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zorzo51 Jul 27, 2010 10:49 AM

I'm planning to eat at Graham Elliot for the first time next month to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I'm looking forward to the dinner, but I've been warned that the portions are tiny.

Knowing that I'm the kind of guy who's accustomed to value-type restaurants (buffets, Brazilian steakhouses, etc.) I don't want to leave disappointed -- especially if I'm plunking down big cash.

Can someone suggest items on the menu that are large enough to satisfy my big appetite?

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Graham Elliot
217 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

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    chris Jul 28, 2010 04:19 PM

    Reading chicgail's reply made me realize I didn't answer your question directly.

    zorzo51 - Brazillian Steakhouse and Graham Elliot are four words that don't belong on the same bookshelf, let alone sentence. If your idea of a good meal is "A LOT" of food, then you may want to reconsider...

    I think the food is good enough that it's worth a visit, so my advice: plan on two dinners, Mr. Beef is right around the corner if need be.

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    Graham Elliot
    217 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

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      Susancampbell79 Jul 28, 2010 02:30 PM

      We went to Graham Elliot a few months ago and had the 5-course tasting menu. I would whole heartedly agree that the portions are tiny. I understand that a tasting menu is just that, a taste. I've been to many of the best restaurants in this city and across the country so I know what to expect. However, the portions here were absurdly small. Our second course included one tiny scallop, that's a little ridiculous. After talking to friends about our experience it sounded like ordering a la carte items were a little better sized. One good thing about ordering the tasting menus is we got a tour of the kitchen, that was pretty cool. We did find that their wines were well priced with generous by the glass pours.

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      Graham Elliot
      217 W. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60654

      1. chicgail Jul 27, 2010 12:02 PM

        I don't think the portions at Graham Elliot are "tiny," but if what you have in mind is a LOT of food (e.g..buffets and Brazilian steakhouses), maybe Graham Elliot isn't the place for you.

        Why did you decide on GE? Is it your wife's choice for the anniversary dinner? If that's the case, chris' advice may be good and suggest a way both you and your wife are happy -- which is how it should be on one's anniversary.

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          chris Jul 27, 2010 11:14 AM

          I haven't been for the current menu (it changes seasonally) but it's basically divided into sections: Cold and Hot are appetizers, Sea and Land are entrees.

          The appetizers are definitely small, the entrees are perhaps on the small side, but by no means tiny. I have a decent appetite and I normally get two appetizers and one entree and I'm set.

          My understanding is there are a few multi-course options now, so you can get five courses, ten courses, and even everything on the menu - if you have the time and funds, I'd go for one of those.

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