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Jun 22, 2011 10:09 AM

Best eats for single girl on Magnificent Mile area

I'm traveling to the Magnificent Mile area from sunday through Wednesday (leaving late night so can eat dinner in town). I need some suggestion for some great places to explore that is fine for a solo girl to go and get her eat on. I see that the Purple Pig and Sable have gotten really good reviews. Hoping to keep it to walking/ short cab ride to the Allerton hotel. Thanks for your help!!

Purple Pig
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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  1. hhaaland:

    Every restaurant in Chicago (and other cities) is OK for a solo diner. I've eaten solo at Sable and TRU (two very different restaurants) and felt comfortable at both. You might want to provide more information about what food type and budget so that the regulars on this board can provide some appropriate choices.

    1. I think the Purple Pig and Sable are excellent choices. Purple Pig specializes in Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on charcuterie, organ meats, and cheese; Sable offers contemporary American cuisine (I love the sweet corn creme brulee) as well as artisanal cocktails. Beware, the Purple Pig does not take reservations, and gets really slammed at prime dinner hours; you may want to go there for lunch or on the early side for dinner. Sable accepts reservations, including on (You can take a chance on walking in and sitting at the bar, but even when I'm eating solo, I make a reservation when I can, regardless of whether I intend to sit at the bar or at my own table.) Purple Pig is about a 5 minute walk from the Allerton, Sable maybe 8-10 minutes walk.

      Another good choice is Frontera Grill, a 10-15 minute walk away, for provincial Mexican cuisine. It's similar to Purple Pig; they get really slammed at prime dinner hours (and also lunch) but you can avoid problems by arriving early (there, "early" means before they open the doors). One good thing about Frontera Grill is that, if you sit at the bar, you can order off either menu - Frontera Grill or Topolobampo. Topolobampo's menu is a lot more expensive at dinner, but they are priced similarly at lunchtime. Frontera Grill and Topolobampo are closed Sunday-Monday, open Tuesday-Saturday.

      And get some of our delicious local specialty of Chicago-style deep-dish pizza! The Allerton is around the corner from Gino's East, which is good, although I generally prefer Uno and Due, which are two blocks south and two blocks west. If you want to try stuffed pizza, which is another variety, Giordano's on Rush is close to the Allerton. But if you've never had it here, I'd start with Uno and Due.

      1. Avenues. Chef's counter. Right of Michigan Ave.