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Need a great rec for a Monday night resto

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durhamois May 10, 2011 10:02 AM

My friends and I arrive Sat, and we leave Tues evening. So far we have:

Sat: Alinea
Sunday: ??
Mon: L2O
Tues Lunch Topolobampo

So I'm looking for some recommendations for a Sunday restaurant, hopefully something with interesting food, a fun, trendy, eclectic vibe, and maybe not quite as expensive. Any ideas?

Also, we could in fact do either L2O or Tru on Monday. Which do you recommend, given those options?

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Alinea
1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Topolobampo
445 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610

L2O
2300 Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

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    ms. mika May 10, 2011 10:14 AM

    At this late date, you won't be able to get a reservation for The Girl and The Goat, but that would be a great fit. Other ideas would be- Purple Pig (no reserv), Gilt Bar, Sunda. All of these are small plates, fun, lively atmosphere and great food. Another place that gets recommended a lot is Sable- also small plates. We've had mixed results there, but it's also a fun spot.

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    Purple Pig
    500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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      danimalarkey May 10, 2011 12:32 PM

      Take a look at The Publican, in the West Loop. They offer a prix fixe menu on Sunday nights, sometimes organized with a local brewer to provide beer pairings, as well. I find it an incredible value versus the ala carte menu (but then, of course, you're limited to the prix fixe). Here's a link to a recent dinner: http://thepublicanrestaurant.com/blog...

      The Publican can be loud and there are some communal tables (it might be warm enough to eat outside and there are a number of 2-tops, as well). This is not unlike its sister restaurant, Avec, and if that vibe sounds fun, check out Avec's menu, too. They don't take reservations and it's a tiny space. The food is more focused on Mediterranean rather than Beglian brasserie.

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      Avec Restaurant
      615 W Randolph St Ste A, Chicago, IL 60661

      The Publican
      837 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

      1. nsxtasy May 10, 2011 02:39 PM

        For Sunday, I think Sable is a great choice. The contemporary American food from Chef Heather Terhune is fantastic, and many of the items are available in half portions so you can try a lot of things. Plus they have those amazing artisanal cocktails. Plus, the food prices are extremely moderate; you can stuff yourself for $30. Fun, trendy, eclectic vibe - it has all of that too. And it's easy to make a reservation on Opentable.com or over the phone. It's the perfect pick.

        Other places I would recommend for Sunday include one of our great Italian restaurants (Piccolo Sogno, Cibo Matto, the Florentine, Cafe Spiaggia), Latin Fusion (Nacional 27 or Carnivale), tapas at Mercat a la Planxa, and David Burke's Primehouse for steaks.

        Monday is no contest. I would pick TRU over L2O, easily.

        I would not recommend either the Publican or Avec. Both are very loud, and the food is just okay, with some things that are good but others that are disappointing. Plus Avec has the most uncomfortable seating in the entire city.

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