New in Chicago - Ruxbin and ???
I am coming back for my monthly visit (from SF), and looking for new places of interest in Chicago. I'm very familiar with most of the good places in the "casual fine dining" space, and followed nsxtsy and chicgail's postings, as well as many other well-informed and helpful Hounds.
So I have two dinners to allocate on my next visit (in mid-March) - where would you recommend?
Preferences and constraints:
1. I will eat most anything, but I'm not really crazy about offal. But if it's great...
2. I usually stay in River North, and tend to eat there, but it's laziness - if there's a CTA-friendly location, I'm up for it
3. I need to get out for dinner at around $60 including tax, tip and (hopefully) a beer or a glass of wine. Most of the places I go to are within this. If there's something above it, I'll make up the difference myself if it's worth it.
Sorry (in advance) for not being more specific. I know of, and have eaten at, many of the existing places (examples include Avec, Naha, Sable, The Publican, The Gage, Girl and Goat, Lao Sze Chuan, Tank Noodle, to name a few).
So, what has opened in the past few months that I haven't yet been to, that's worthy?
615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661
Lao Sze Chuan
2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
500 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610
845 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Lao Sze Chuan
1331 Ogden Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Chicago, Chicago, IL
Girl and the Goat
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
>> So, what has opened in the past few months that I haven't yet been to, that's worthy?
There's a problem inherent in that question - that most of us haven't yet been to places that are that new, either. I don't even LIKE going to places that are brand new, because they may be in the process of working out kinks and they may not be all that good (like a certain burger place I tried this week). Right now I'm dying to try Bistronomic, the new restaurant in River North in the former Eve location, because I've loved the food from their chef (Martial Noguier) in his previous restaurants. But I can't recommend it based on personal experience, because I haven't been there yet (even though I've loved the chef's food elsewhere). Maybe you could try it and let US know how you like it!
One guide to what's new and hot is Chicago magazine's "Hot List" of ten places to eat, which you can see on their dining page at www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/D...
I wish I could tell you more, that I just went to a new place that's great, but, well, this is the best I can do, sorry!
OK, thanks - I will give it a try - just checked out Bistronomic's menu, and it looks like a decent combination of small, medium and large plates. I usually try to get one other (local) person to join me, and order five or six plates to taste...
For my other meal, I think I will try Ruxbin, just because of the interesting combinations. I am usually very skeptical of "fusion" food, particularly Asian fusion, but I read a couple of articles that at least describe what they're trying to do.
I will try to report back on both after I go. Thanks for the suggestions - I totally agree with you about not wanting to go to a place too early in their evolution, but someone has to...I will be prepared for high noise levels (hey, I am willing to sit on the uncomfortable stools and deafening noise of Avec!) and sloppy service, if the food is worthy...