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Dec 8, 2010 08:43 AM

Looking for good restaurant for son's 16th BDay

I'm taking my son out for his 16th Birthday. He'd like to go somewhere in Chicago (vs. the 'burbs where we live).

Like's Italian food, steak. Want it to be nice, but not super expensive (think $150 bill)


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  1. How about Tavern on Rush? The food is good, not awesome, but the people watching is. You'll be in the heart of the Gold Coast and will be able to easily walk around from there.

    If not there, Harry Carry's does a good steak (dry aged the last time I checked) and you should be able to be within your price range. (Another option that would enable you to walk around downtown after dinner.)

    If you're looking for something more local/off the beaten path - Chicago Firehouse was excellent the last time I was there. It's more formal, but not too expensive for steak. It's in the South Loop and is old school Chicago.

    Tavern on Rush
    1031 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL 60611

    The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
    1401 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

    Gold Coast Cafe
    1112 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

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    1. re: mmilanam

      Had forgotten about Harry Carry's -- good advice, thanks!

    2. Cibo Matto or Coco Pazzo. Both are Italian and nice (but not super expensive like Spiaggia). If you are willing to share food (like Coco Pazzo has a steak for two served table side), then you can have both pasta and steaks and make it out without breaking the bank.

      Coco Pazzo Cafe
      636 N St Clair, Chicago, IL 60611

      980 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      Cibo Matto
      201 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601

      1. If you want casual Italian with decent food and lots of life, try Quartino's on State and I think Ohio. In your price range, so no restrictions.

        626 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

        1. Chicago has a lot of great, moderately-priced Italian restaurants. In addition to mountsac's recommendations of Cibo Matto and Coco Pazzo, I would also consider Cafe Spiaggia and Vivere. Cibo Matto and Vivere both have contemporary global influences on their menu in addition to traditional Italian cuisine. Any of these would be a great choice for what you're looking for!

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          1. re: nsxtasy

            A question for folks suggesting Coco Pazzo - I took folks there for a business lunch and our tab - one glass wine each - was close to $200 - I was rather shocked ... Did we just order all the priciest or is this common?

            Coco Pazzo Cafe
            636 N St Clair, Chicago, IL 60611

            1. re: Siun

              Well, for one thing, you don't mention how many people ate for $200. ;)

              You can see the Coco Pazzo lunch menu at They also offer a prix fixe 3-course lunch for $22 ( ). As you can see on the a la carte lunch menu, appetizers are $7-12, and entrees (pizzas, pastas, and fish and meat dishes) are all $14-16 with the exception of the $21 steak. Those prices are not unusually high for a place that's nice enough for a business lunch. But it really depends on what you eat. If you only have a non-steak entree and a glass of wine, or a non-steak entree and an appetizer, you're probably looking at around $30-35 per person inclusive. If you each have a steak AND a glass of wine AND an appetizer AND dessert AND coffee, and you don't go with the prix fixe special, you could end up as high as $60-70 per person inclusive.

              1. re: nsxtasy

                There were three of us ... and no steaks but apps and entrees and salads and deserts ... guess we overdid it!

          2. **I should think a boy of that age would enjoy one of the Brazilian places that brings 15 cuts of meat to your table, over and over, urging you to have more. They all have stupendous salad bars. I think the meat is best at Fogo de Chao but Brazzaz has hot dishes as well as the salad bar for helping yourself. As I recall, it's hard to fill up a boy of 16 but at Fogo or Brazzaz thatwon't be a problem. BTW Fogo is half-price at lunch. Call them for details and also see website.

            539 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60654