First time in Chicago from Los Angeles...
I will be in Chicago for 4 days starting May 13th,please give me some ideas of must eat restaurants...thanks
Here are links to two discussions that will give you an overview of what Chicago has to offer, with specific recommendations of "must eat restaurants". This discussion tells what foods and places are unique or specialties in Chicago, foods that Chicago is particularly good at:
first time Chicago - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/693477
This discussion has an overview listing some of our best in various food categories, as well as advice for getting the best value for your dining dollar:
Where are the best Chicago dinner *values* - the hidden gems? - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/697829
After looking at them, you'll probably have more questions about the places mentioned there, so feel free to ask and we'll try to help! Also if you tell us where you'll be staying and/or spending time, we can tell you what's close by and what isn't; like L.A., Chicago is a large city, and even our downtown area extends for as much as three miles from one end to the other. And note that you're only two weeks out and some places are filling up by now, so you'll want to make reservations as soon as possible.
If I had to name "must eat" restaurants, they would include:
Haute Cuisine - Alinea
Contemporary American - Sable, North Pond, Michael, Inovasi
Creative Mexican - Mexique, Mundial Cocina Mestiza, Mixteco Grill
Deep-dish pizza - Lou Malnati's, Pizano's, Uno/Due
Italian - Cibo Matto, The Florentine
French bistros - La Sardine, Kiki's Bistro
Tapas - Mercat a la Planxa
Breakfast - Walker Brothers, Bongo Room, M. Henry, Jam
If you asked me where I've had the best dinners in the Chicago area in the past five years, I'd answer: Alinea, Michael, Inovasi, and maybe Deleece (which I should have included in the contemporary American list above).
By way of comparison, I haven't eaten a lot of places in Los Angeles, but one place I've eaten during that period that I loved as much as those best dinners was Animal.
Check out Kinzie Chophouse! It is one of my favorite neighborhood places! The food is great and the service is unparalled!
400 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610
Here are my faves:
Mercat a la Planxa
My favorites: Alinea, Schwa, Yoshi's Cafe, Avec, Carnivale, Province
Other famous Chicago places of interest: restaurants of Rick Bayless (specifically Topolobampo, Frontera Grill), restaurants of Tony Mantuano (I like Cafe Spiaggia, Spiaggia, and Terzo Piano; no so much Purple Pig), Uno/due for deep dish, Hot Doug's for interesting hog dog concoctions, gastropupbs (such as Longman and Eagle, Publican)